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‘Wrangling between govt leaders strengthens enemy’

‘Wrangling between govt leaders strengthens enemy’

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7 Nov 2016 - 18:55
‘Wrangling between govt leaders strengthens enemy’
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7 Nov 2016 - 18:55

KABUL (Pajhwok): Political activists from southern Kandahar on Monday stressed increased efforts for peace and called differences between the unity government leaders as ‘worrying’.

They told a press conference in Kabul that the government was successful on economic front but failed in spheres of security and politics.

Dozens of members of Kandahar People’s Council attended the press conference. Mohammad Omar Shirzad, a former Faryab governor and member of the council, said differences between the government leaders had increased and worsened. He called the rift as harmful for the country and should be prevented.

Amid ongoing rift between President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah, 1st vice president Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum also recently complained about his authority in the government.

Ahmad Zia Massoud, president’s special envoy on good governance, had also expressed unhappiness with the government’s performance.

“Differences among government leaders have badly affected the security forces because their morale has been weakened and the enemy strengthened,” Shirzad said.

The differences besides leading to many issues also created hurdle to holding of elections, issuance of electronic ID cards and convening of a Loya Jirga, he believed.

He said the country’s economic situation improved after the unity government coming into power and projects were executed in many provinces; but the government had no achievements on security and political fronts.

Shirzad asked the government leaders to put aside their disputes, if not then assign their responsibility to others so that the country could be saved from the current mess.

Mullah Abdul Salaam Rockety, another member of the Kandahar’s people council, said, “We ask the government leaders to leave aside their differences and pay attention to their national and religious responsibilities towards Afghan people.”

He said the recent insecurities, fall of some districts to insurgents and the precarious situation in some provinces resulted from the rift between government leaders. The differences should be resolved soon, he stressed, otherwise insecurities would enhance and the unity government undermined.

At the end, a resolution letter from the council was read out calling for an end to the differences among government leaders, solutions to issues and progress in the peace process.

The resolution said the Kandahar people’s council stood by the government and backed security forces; but wanted Kandahar’s cadres to be appointed on government posts.

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