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MPs demand ceasefire before peace talks

MPs demand ceasefire before peace talks

Oct 18, 2017 - 19:44

KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday condemned yesterday’s series of attacks in the country and lashed out at the government for what said lacking foreign policy and security strategy.

Tuesday’s attacks killed and wounded more than 350 people, including the police chief for southeastern Paktia province. Other attacks took place in Farah, Ghazni and Maidan Wardak provinces.

Fakor Behashti, a lower house member from Bamyan province, condemned the attacks and said: “Whenever efforts for peace are accelerated, terrorist attacks also increase. First there should be a ceasefire ahead of peace talks because without ceasefire, talks will not produce results,” he said.

Referring to the recent huddle of the Quadrilateral Cooperation Group (QCG) in Oman, the lawmaker said a peace strategy was needed to advance the parlays. Without a proper strategy in place, peace may not be established in the country, he believed.

The QCG meeting involving representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US held on Tuesday in Muscat, the capital of Oman after a year-long gap.

Abdul Qayyum Sajadi, a lawmaker from Ghazni province, said: “Nothing will be achieved by condemnations, the nation should take a decision because they are the prime victims of the daily bloodshed.”

He critisised the government for having no clear foreign policy towards Pakistan and asked the Ghani-led administration to define its foreign policy principles.

Sajadi said the main issue lied with the government because it lacked determination to crush the rebels. The government according to him has adopted a defensive position.

He said insecurity and issues concerning the peace process could be resolved if a proper strategy was set to the parliament for approval.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi denounced Tuesday’s attacks in Paktia, Ghazni, Farah and Maidan Wardak provinces and said continuation of such situation was not in the interest of Afghanistan and was a warning to the government and people of Afghanistan.

Referring to the new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia, Ibrahimi said: “We hoped the situation would improve but things are getting worse.”

He said the Taliban were changing their white flag with black flag of Daesh in the north of the country but the government was doing nothing.

He demanded presentation of the contemporary foreign policy and security strategy to lawmakers for debate and approval.