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Loya Jirga useless after Qatar talks revocation

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KABUL: It would be useless to call the Consultative Loya Jirga on Peace after the intra-Afghan dialogue scheduled to be held on Friday in Qatar, was postponed.

Some people who were invited in the Qatar conference, say that an important Afghan to Afghan conference was postponed, so calling the Loya Jirga would help nothing in bringing peace to the country, KABULNews reported Friday.

These people in a gathering have accused the government of the postponement, say that the current crisis would not end until foreign troops are in Afghanistan.

Among them, Nazar Mohammad Motmain said that election and forthcoming Conclusive Loya Jirga for Peace, salted for April 29, could not resolve Afghanistan’s problem. He termed peace process as the only remedy to end the war in the country.

He also accused government of sabotaging the peace process. According to him, government creating obstacles against those elements that are working for peace. “We have received credible information that we are under threat,” he said.

“We have raised the issue with the government and asked for protection,” he said, adding, “we have asked for security guards and weapon licenses.” But, he said, so far did not receive positive response.

This comes as the much-anticipated talks between Afghan politicians, civil society members and other representatives of Afghanistan’s society with the Taliban on issues around the peace process scheduled for April 20-21 was “canceled” due to a “disagreement” by Qatari government on the 250-member list proposed by the Afghan side as Presidential Palace described it in a statement.

The Presidential Palace said in the statement that the Doha meeting was “canceled” as the Qatar government did not accept the Afghan delegation’s list and instead suggested a new list “which was not acceptable to the Afghan government”.

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