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Fueling tribal strife to poison country’s health: CEO

Fueling tribal strife to poison country’s health: CEO

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Dec 11, 2017 - 17:16

KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah, responding to Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader’s recent remarks, said on Monday that creating divisions among the Afghan tribes was like poisoning the country’s health.

Addressing a Cabinet meeting here, Dr. Abdullah said the Afghans were suffering from serious conditions and faced terrorist attacks and needed unity in such a situation.

Pointing to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Sunday remarks in Khost province, Abdullah said: “Divisive issues whether they are about a tribe and religion are harmful to the health of this country, raising such issues would only help the enemies.”

He said provoking one province against another was not in the interest of anyone and he hoped politicians would understand their national responsibilities and would be careful in this regard.

“Fortunately people know their interests better and they respond to divisive figures”, the CEO said.

All the people of Afghanistan were hoping for peace, freedom and services through their government and the government was also responsible to discharge its duty in line with the law and social justice, Abdullah added.

A day earlier, Hekmatyar at a gathering in Khost province said the conflict was ongoing in 25 provinces of the country and the war had tribal connections in a number of northern regions.

He had said that some southeastern provinces were given limited share in the government, compared to central provinces like Panjsher, Bamyan and Daikundi.

On the other hand, a number of Wolesi Jirga or lower house members today also criticized Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s remarks and said politicians should not fuel tribal discrimination.

Arif Rahmani, a lawmaker, said those who fueled tribal strife were national traitors.

House speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi asked political figures to consider national interests while speaking in public and avoid statements that provoked tribal differences.

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