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Former official believes Loya Jirga could solve crisis

AT-KABUL: As the National Unity Government (NUG) stepped into the third year, leaders have failed to fulfill commitments.

A tribal elder and former adviser to the president, Shahzada Masoud, called on the government to convene the Loya Jirga to cope with current crisis.

Masoud said that based on a political agreement, the term of the so-called national unity government has been completed, calling its continuation “illegal”.

“We have to seek ways to legalize the government,” he said.

Masoud said that “the government cannot cheat public anymore and breach laws.”

The government leaders had committed to bring reforms in electoral bodies, eliminate corruption and specify fate of Executive Office within two years, but it failed to fulfill its commitments, he added.

If we do not call the traditional Loya Jirga, the country will face further security, economic and political challenges, he claimed.

He accused the leaders of the country of sabotaging the Loya Jirga.

“The government has no plan to convene the Loya Jirga,” he noted.

“The people, tribal elders, political figures and civil societies should raise voice and put pressure on the government to convene the Loya Jirga in the next two months.”

He said that the Americans also feel scared that the Loya Jirga might ask for the dissolve Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA).

He said that that all foreigners are not against Loya Jirga.

He urged all foreigners particularly American to not feel scary for running Jirga, because Afghan people are wondering to have mutual relation as well respect to foreigners and foreign countries.

He said that running of traditional Loya Jirga is not a step to collapse current regime, but it could be a pressure to force government to reinforce law in proper manner.

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