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Lawmakers against interim setup, stress timely presidential elections

KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members have termed the formation of interim government as the beginning of another civil war in the country and asked the government to come up with a clear peace strategy.

Some Lawmaker said the situation in Ghazni’s Malistan and Jaghori districts was unstable and asked the government to provide assistance to displaced persons.

Wolesi Jirga Member Ghulam Hussain Naseri said the government should take steps for the conduct of timely presidential elections.

“Elections can be the only way out to Afghanistan’s current crisis; the interim government is not in the interest of the country. No leadership without elections is accepted for the people if the interim government is established it will be the beginning of another civil war in the country,” he warned.

Another Lawmaker Zaheer Saadat said peace was the first priority of every Afghan but there was need for a proper strategy which shall be acceptable to all stakeholders.

He said peace talks needed a strong administration and the people of Afghanistan should be aware of all process.

He said the conduct of timely presidential elections was the only way to end the current political crisis in the country.

Shah Etemadi, a lawmaker from Ghazni province, said reinforcement had been dispatched to the Malistan and Jaghori district but the situation had yet to return to normalcy.

“We want the government to order clearing operation in Malistan and Jaghori districts and purged the Taliban from the areas,” he said.

Nafeesa Shah, another Ghazni lawmaker, said security forces dispatched to Ghazni had no plan to fight, adding that situation still remained tense.

“No aid has been provided to 16,000 displaced families and after the clearing operations enough force should be present in the area so that the insurgents should not make a comeback,” she said.

She asked the government to be more careful and prevent the forces which had recently returned from Syria and Iraq from spreading instability.

Nader Khan Katawazai, another lawmaker, said earlier Pakistan sent terrorists, but now another group called Fatimyon had been entering Afghanistan to spread instability and terror.

“The destruction of Salma and Kajaki dams is the main purpose of Fatimyon militant group,” he said.

The lawmaker alleged the involvement of Fatimyon in the incident that occurred in Kabul University.

Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said it was clear that the people of Afghanistan want peace and stressed peace cannot be achieved from a weak position.

He emphasised the presidential elections should be held on time and the government should take all measures for its successful conduct.

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