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‘Inside govt while working against it beyond logic’

‘Inside govt while working against it beyond logic’

Jul 23, 2017 - 21:07

KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of government officials, inaugurating the “second Youth Parliament” in Kabul on Sunday, asked politicians to avoid ‘irresponsible acts’ and stop figures inside the government from working against the system.

The second session of the youth parliament was inaugurated in the presence of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah, Meshrano Jirga chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, United Nations Population Fund representative, a number of senators, ministers and other officials.

Muslimyar called the youth as future builders of Afghanistan and asked them to contest upcoming Wolesi Jirga and district council elections in order a professional parliament could be formed.

“Those who are inside the government but work against it are beyond wisdom and logic and it is madness, rising your voice for reforms is the right of every citizen but those who use government machinery and work for the enemy should be stopped,” he said.

He asked the youth to work for national unity and prevent politicians who wanted Afghanistan to suffer from misfortunes.

“The victims of the past four decades of war are youth and the conflict that started by regional intelligence such as Pakistan, Iran and Russia has nothing to do with Islam and has targeted 90 percent of the youth”, Muslimyar said.

“Youth should be careful about deceitful games of political pundits, I also ask the CEO to be decisive against foreign servants inside the government,” he said.

The Senate chairman also requested the government to identify Taliban members living in Kabul and investigate them.

Ulema and scholars should also raise their voice against terrorist acts of Taliban and adopt a clear stance against them, he said. “Suicide attacks are against Islam and Sharia, so Ulema should react,” he added.

CEO Abdullah said the Afghan youth were losing their lives every day in the imposed war on Afghanistan.

“The government is committed to providing educational, work and other facilities for the youth and some of the youth parliament members will be part of future foreign visits of the government functionaries,” he said.

He asked politicians to be cautious in their speeches and avoid irresponsible remarks considering the current situation of the country.

“Those who live in this environment which is filled with the aroma of our youth’s blood support terrorism, they are committing national treason,” the CEO said.

Abdullah said the government was committed to holing Wolesi Jirga and district council elections next year. “But the elections are not possible until people and politicians cooperate, it is our promise to hold transparent and fair elections,” he said.

The Wolesi Jirga and district council elections are slated for July 7, 2018. Abdullah said presidential elections would also be held on time in 2019.

He called youth’s and women’s role in all areas as important and said no national process could be implemented without support of youth.

Agha Mohammad Quraishi, head of the youth parliament, said their parliament had branches in 20 provinces of the country and its members travelled to provinces after jointly working in capital Kabul.

“The youth parliament is working with the government in areas of education and presenting effective plans,” he said. The youth parliament provided plans in different areas to the government last year, Quraishi said.

The first session of the youth parliament took place last year with support of UNPF. The parliament has 124 members -- three representatives including two men and one woman from each province. One representative of Sikhs and three of people with disabilities are also part of the parliament.