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Ghani warns powerful figures against creating crisis

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Ghani warns powerful figures against creating crisis

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Feb 21, 2018 - 18:56

KABUL (Pajhwok): With differences between the Presidential Palace and the governor of northern Balkh province going unresolved over the past two months, President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday no powerful figure would be allowed to misuse the current situation and plunge the country into a crisis.

Addressing a gathering of hundreds of jihadi figures, tribal elders and provincial council members from various provinces in Kabul, Ghani said that they inherited the country’s current problems from the past.

The president said those thinking they would push the country towards a crisis by misusing the situation should rethink they would not be allowed to do so.

Atta Mohammad Noor, the governor of northern Balkh province, has been refusing to step down in defiance of the president’s decision over the last two months.

Noor had angrily criticized the government and he would not leave office until his demands for ‘reforms’ in the government are accepted.

Talking to the conference in Kabul, Ghani said: “The message of all of you is law enforcement. We can make our future by accepting and implementing law which is the only way to rescue this country.”

Pointing to the importance of peace, the Afghan leader said some problems existed in the process and needed solution.

“Maintaining peace is difficult until the issue of refugees and internally displaced families continues, we must have the will for law enforcement and ensuring peace,” the president said.

Calling women’s role in the peace process as crucial, Ghani said: “The Afghan women can represent themselves, their thoughts come from inside the society and can very well exemplify the future of this country.”

About preparations for holding the second summit of the Kabul Process, the president said: “The second Kabul Process conference would be organized in one week and the aim is to build a regional and international consensus for peace and present peace suggestions to the Taliban and the world.”

In the conference, the Taliban would be given a choice to prove themselves that they had the will for peace, he said.

Mohammad Karim Khalili, the High Peace Council (HPC) chief, said elders held an important position in the history of Afghanistan and they could better raise voice of peace in their villages, districts and provinces.

At the end of the meeting, the participants in a resolution letter stressed on comprehensive support to the peace process and called the ongoing conflict an intelligence war that secured foreign interests only. They asked the Taliban to support intra-Afghan peace process.

The participants urged the government to let local elders play their role in accelerating peace efforts in the country. They also asked the international community to support the peace process.

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