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Unity leaders pushing country into crisis: Massoud

Unity leaders pushing country into crisis: Massoud

Aug 07, 2017 - 19:05

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ahmad Shah Massoud Foundation head on Monday alleged the unity government by fueling differences among the people ‘is plunging the country into crisis.’

Ahmad Wali Massoud told a press conference here that the government had failed in protecting people’s lives and their properties.

He said government officials always condemned terrorist attacks but they never took fundamental actions to improve the situation.

Massoud said the country’s security situation was deteriorating with each passing day amid growing poverty, youth’s addiction to drugs, their flight to foreign countries and many others problems.

“Unfortunately, the morale of the national unity has been damaged by tribal, regional and linguistic polarizations, despotism is emerging in the government, which is a matter of concern,” he said.

“The lack of will to fight terrorism, the government’s weakness to deal with (political) games being played inside the country, sidelining professional people, embracing nepotism and lacking a national policy are main problems the government faces.”

Massoud continued that people’s movements, councils and coalitions should jointly raise their voice for reforms in the system.

“We did not see any changes coming from the government side. The national unity government agreement is yet to be implemented by the leaders during their three years in office, they may not do anything in the remaining two years.”

The younger brother of the late Ahmad Shah Massoud said the unity government even faced more crises, asking the people to get united and rescue the country with ‘a national plan.’

“The government leaders have either no plan or they pursuing personal interests, it would be better to know these problems and find solution, particularly the problem of struggling for power that has given birth to current crisis,” he said.

Massoud stressed the need for reforms in the government and said: “The structure and thoughts should be changed, the country’s situation will not change until the system is changed, these changes should be made based on people’s demands to resolve problems.”

He said he had started working on a national consensus program and his discussions in this regard were ongoing with politicians, civil society institutes and influential figures.

“If all the sides agreed over the plan with consensus, problems in the country will be resolved and it will pave the ground for transparent and fair elections in the country”, he said.

He asked the government leaders to support his foundation in achieving the national consensus. Massoud urged all politicians to jointly work for creating a credible and trusted government.