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JI ignoring partners’ role in unity government deal

JI ignoring partners’ role in unity government deal

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Feb 26, 2018 - 22:39

KABUL (Pajhwok): Political parties affiliated with the deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mohammad Mohaqiq, have criticized non-implementation of what they call “political agreement” of the national unity government.

The parties have accused the Jamiat-i-Islami Party, led by Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor, of ignoring other parties’ role and contribution to the establishment of the unity government. They accused the JI of totalitarianism.

Then presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah signed a political agreement on establishing the national unity government on September 21, 2014 following the disputed second round of the presidential election.

After the establishment of the government, a commission tasked with monitoring implementation of the agreement took charge of the pact. The commission now says even primary steps have not been taken so far for implementation of some contents of the agreement.

The JIA have been in negotiations with the Presidential Palace seeking more share in the regime and implementation of the national unity government. But the party’s negotiations with the place are yet to yield any positive results.

However, the Hezb-i-Islami Arghandiwal (HIA) group and Hezb-i-Wahdat Islami (HWI) parties which belong to the second CEO, criticize the JIA and say the party was part of the national unity government agreement but it was not the central player.

Mohammad Natiqi, acting head of HWI party, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the national unity government represented the two electoral camps led by President Ghani and CEO Abdullah.

He said Eslahat Wa Hamgarayee party was one side of the establishment of national unity government. Abdullah’s team was comprised of HWI, JIA and HIA and a number of political figures and groups.

“The problem lies with the Presidential Palace because it negotiates with the JIA only and has ignored other shareholders of his rival team and the same problem is with the JIA because it is directly negotiating with the Presidential Palace while ignoring its other partners,” he added.

“The national unity government is a coalition government and its privileges should divide between the two electoral teams,” he added.

Habib Rahman Ibrahimi, media advisor to Eng. Mohammad Khan, first deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO), said: “The JI is a part not the axis of the creation of unity government and the Reforms team.

He said in the Reforms and Partnership team of Abdullah included the JI, HIA Arghandiwal, Hizb-i-Wahdat, many other parties and political figures such as Zalmi Rasoul.

Ibrahimi said in line with the unity government agreement, the JIA and HIA shared equal privileges and were seen as equal partners.

Former presidential candidate Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf, who supported Abdullah and campaigned for his Reforms team, has so far said nothing about the power struggle between the JI and the Presidential Palace.

Fahim Kohdamani, a spokesman for Sayyaf, said their party Dawat-i-Islami did not want to comment in this regard now.

But Zabihullah Fitrat, deputy spokesman for the JI, said the main party in the national unity government was the JI because Dr. Abdullah was a JI candidate.

Referring to political support from Dr. Abdullah, he said JI struggled not only for itself but for the rights of all other partners.

Fitrat said in the current circumstances the JI was the center of gravity and the party had been working for all not for a specific person.

The Chief Executive Office (CEO) has not spoken so far about more privileges for the JI and but the office maintains the national unity government was incepted in line with an agreement between the two election teams and both the teams have joint commitments and some of them have been implemented and others are yet to be implemented.

Omaid Maisam, deputy spokesman for the CEO office, said the most important part of the national unity government agreement was calling into session a a Loya Jirga, amending the Constitution to create a Prime Minister post and hold the Wolesi Jirga and District Council elections.

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