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Senators seek convention of Loya Jirga, interim administration

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: As security has been deteriorating across the country, a number of senators demanded convening of Loya Jirga to help find out a way out to the gnawing conflict. They said as security situation has been worsening because of the internal bickering between the leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG), convening the emergency Loya Jirga (a grand assembly of Afghan elders from across the country and state institutions) the only way out to tackle with the multifaceted challenges in the country.

Nisar Haris, a senator from Kabul came hard on both leaders of the NUG and said they have locked their horns  in such a time when the country is descending into chaos therefore an emergency Loya Jirga must be held to form an interim administration to end the conflict. He alleged that National Security Council (NSC) has been unfazed. Haris added that the NSC was discussing the security situation after more than 30 troops were killed by the Taliban in Jalriz district in Maidan Wardak, just a few miles away from the capital Kabul.

Safiullah Hashemi a senator from Samangan said that the schism between the President Ashraf Gahni and Chief of Executive Officer of the National Unity Government pushed the country into conflict. He alleged the two leaders have compromised with Pakistan. He added the President and the CEO have conceded to the demands of Islamabad. Hashemi said there were numerous reasons behind the deterioration of security and other challenges such as ill-equipment of Air Force, delay in parliamentary elections, no reforms in electoral commissions, crisis-hit cabinet formation, and compromise with Islamabad—signing of a the NDS-ISI intelligence sharing MoU. He alleged the government for hatching against its own masses particularly in the absence of the lawmakers during their winter recess. “Therefore, convening a Loya Jirga is inevitable now to form a national consensus,” Hashemi said.

Shir Muhammad Aakhondzada a senator from Helmand, alleged the NUG to have compromised with Islamabad. He slammed the government for having no clear policy.

“They always speak of good relations with Pakistan, but Pakistani terrorists are killing Afghans and the government is acting as a silent spectator,” he said.

He said the senate had to take a decision for the greater good of the nation and end the conflict through Loya Jirga. He added that the Loya Jirga should be convened to resolve the outstanding problems.

Afzal Shamil, a senator from Baghlan, said the government has lost its credibility as the country was passing through critical juncture but the leaders were pursuing their own interests.

He said the local policemen were killed by the Taliban after 72 hours of battle, but the leaders were at loggerheads.

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