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Give women 40pc share in peace talks, Kufi tells govt

19 Mar 2020 - 13:58
19 Mar 2020 - 13:58

KABUL (Pajhwok): Hezb-i-Mawj Tahawul political party on Thursday expressed concern over the country’s tense political situation and asked the government leaders to brush aside their differences and focus on peace talks.

Fawzia Kufi, who heads the party, addressed a press conference here and criticized the government over neglecting women in peace consultations and their low presence in peace talks, saying women should be given 40 percent share in peace negotiations.

“We had talked to the Taliban multiple times, I think the best team to hold talks with them is Afghan women who should be given more role and say in these talks,” she said.

She said women were concerned about their future and they should be consulted about national issues, particularly the peace process.

This comes as some media outlets published the list of a 15-member negotiating team for holding talks with the Taliban.

Bator Dostum, Karim Amin, Zazar Ahmad Moqbil, Mohammad Natiqi, Rassoul Talib, Habiba Sarabi, Kalimullah Naqibi, Gen. Ayub Ansari, Orzala Niamat, Nader Naderi, Matin Baig, Zainab Moahid, Enayatullah Baligh, Sharifa Zarmati and Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal are in the list of the government’s negotiating team.

Negotiations between the Taliban and the government were expected to begin on March 10, but were delayed over the prisoners release issue.

Based on the US-Taliban agreement, first group of Taliban’s inmates should have been released on March 14, but the process was to be delayed for lack of a mechanism between the government and the Taliban on the ground.

Political tensions

Pointing to political tensions between the government leaders, Kufi said their differences were harming the peace process and would empower the Taliban.

She asked political leaders to put aside their differences and focus more on the peace process.

On February 18, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the final results of last September’s election following delays due to allegations of vote-rigging.

The commission declared President Ashraf Ghani as the winner, saying he was re-elected with 50.64% of the vote.

But his main rival Abdullah Abdullah, who came second with 39.52%, contested the result, declared victory, and formed his own parallel government.

Coronavirus another challenge for Afghanistan

Fawzia Kufi accused the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) of negligence in controlling coronavirus and said there was no proper system for screening of suspected cases. She said some people infected with coronavirus were kept in isolation and ignored.

On the other hand, health officials say they are providing best services and their equipment and tools are standard.

A total of 22 people are tested positive for coronavirus in Afghanistan. Thirteen of the cases were detected in Herat, three in Samangan, two in Logar and one each in Badghis, Kapisa, Balkh and Daikundi provinces.


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