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Foreigners trying to create ethnic tensions in Afghanistan: MPs

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: Members of the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) or Lower House of the parliament on Monday said that spy agencies of some countries were trying to create ethnic tensions in Afghanistan in order to achieve their “evil goals”.

They said that the citizens do not have any problem and were united but some countries were in the quest to attack the national unity and create differences among Afghans.

The MPs said that countries including Pakistan, the United States and the United Kingdom wanted to create ethnic disputes in order to achieve their “evil goals”. They said the US was not sincere with Afghanistan.

Obaidullah Barekzai, an MP from Uruzgan province, asked his colleagues to be smart and do not let strangers to aggravate ethnic and tribal tensions as all Afghans are united and have same standpoint.

He said that those who are sparking ethnic tensions and speak against any tribe or ethnic group are enemies of the nation.

Barekzai asked the legislators to avoid speaking about any group or inflaming domestic disputes because it is policy of Pakistan, Britain and the US to create differences among Afghans.

Aziza Jalis, an MP from Saripul, said that the US calls itself a close friend of Afghans in the war on terrorism but in reality it supports Pakistan, a country that is sponsoring terrorism.

She said the US has signed the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with Afghanistan but was not supporting Kabul.

Aasefa Shadab, an MP from Faryab, said that those who speak against an ethnic group are traitors and enemies of the country.

Sadeqizadah Neli, an MP from Daikundi, said the lawmakers should not link terrorism with a particular ethnic group as it is against national interests.

“Anyone who tries to create differences among Afghans is a traitor and betraying his people [supporters],” he said.

Muhammad Akbari, an MP from Bamyan province, stressed on fostering national unity and asked the parliamentarians to iron out their differences.

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