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Afghans united on Islamic, democratic order

9 Aug 2019 - 08:45
9 Aug 2019 - 08:45

KABUL (Pajhwok): There is consensus among the Afghans on preserving the Islamic and democratic order in their country, an official said on Friday.

Nader Naderi, head of the Administrative Reform Commission, said this during a gathering at the Afghanistan Strategic Studies Centre in Kabul.

The September 28 presidential ballot and Afghanistan-US relations were discussed at the event, which was attended by Boston University anthropologist Thomas Barfield.

Habiba Sarabi of the High Peace Council, Independent Election Commission member Maulana Abdullah and daily Hasht Subh editor Firdous Kawoosh were also in attendance.

About the Afghan peace process and the future situation, Naderi rejected a new name for Afghanistan, proposed a few days back by ex-Taliban Agha Jan Motasim. 

Also a participant of the intra-Afghan dialogue in Doha, he said the Taliban had failed to lend an Islamic dimension to their struggle.

Afghan delegates, including women, had a strong stance on Islam, Naderi said, calling for national consensus on the team for negotiations with the Taliban.

He explained the current political, social and economic landscape of Afghanistan was not acceptable to the Taliban movement. “The future government and its structure will be a complex issue in talks with the rebels.”

The Afghans remain united on preserving the Islamic and democratic character of their country, according to Naderi, who saw a real chance for ending the war.


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