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Ghani cancels peace council budget

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KABUL: Government has purportedly canceled the budget of the High Peace Council in the wake of President Ghani’s establishing of state ministry for peace to steer peace affairs.

Some councilmembers are blasting at the budget cancellation arguing that the council is facing a lack of facilities and budget and non-reimbursements for employees.

Councilmember Shahla Farid made the revelation about the predicaments confronting the peace council and said the government is slowly taking away authorities of the council – which was initially founded by former President Hamid Karzai in 2010 following a summit with prominent politicians.

The formation of the council was demanded during a peace consultative Loya Jirga in 2009 which converged 1,500 tribal elders to find a ways for the challenges which the country was facing then, especially peace talks with the Taliban.

Karzai has appointed a Jihadi leader, Burhanuddin Rabbani as head of the council, who was assassinated by the Taliban in 20th September 2011.

But incumbent President Ashraf Ghani has established a parallel administration in regards- which is the ministry of state for peace affairs. Ghani has appointed Abdul Salam Rahimi as head of the ministry.

Earlier this month, the parliament has also approved the establishment of the ministry.

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