Need for reforming High Peace Council stressed
KABUL (PAN): A three-day international conference concluded in Kabul on Thursday, calling the killing innocent people at the hands of insurgents and security forces the main reason behind insecurity in Afghanistan.
Nearly 160 people, including religious scholars from Tajikistan, Pakistan, India, Egypt and civil society members, participated in the conference “Islamic Cooperation for Peaceful Afghanistan” that urged changes in the High Peace Council’s composition.
Dr. Mohammad Syed Niazi, one of conference board members, said a 12-article declaration issued at the end of the meeting identified civilian deaths as the main challenge facing the country.
The declaration denounced attacks on civilian homes, innocent people and trade centres, asking all parties to the conflict to spare non-combatants.
It said: "Administrative corruption, non-implementation of laws and ethnic differences are fueling insecurity. We ask the council to cooperate with the government in ensuring durable peace and enhance its interaction with civil society on such issues.''
The declaration asked the high peace council to bring necessary reforms to the body by accommodating figures having a clean character. It said there were multiple reasons behind violence and resolving the problem required more discussions.
The conference said durable peace in Afghanistan could be achieved only when all national and international organisations, ulema and civil society groups embarked on honest and coordinated efforts to achieve that goal.
"We, participants of the conference, denounce attacks on sacred places, historic artifacts, educational institutes and seminaries and declare them un-Islamic. We also want all parties to the war to prevent such incidents.''
It condemned violations of the rights of women, children and Afghans, asking world scholars and civil institutions to adopt effective policies on dealing with the problem.
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