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Rabbani defends his stance on peace, rejects critics’ rhetoric

KABUL (TOLOnews): Salahuddin Rabbani defended his stance on the peace and said that some elements are trying to manipulate him against peace in pursuit of their political agendas.

“I will not exploit the peace like them,” said Rabbani, in response to his critics.

Rabbani also criticized the formation of the current government under the political agreement between President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, the head of High Council of National Reconciliation.

Rabbani said it’s not clear if the current government –formed by the political agreement–came into existence based on the elections or the political agreement.

“From where does the legitimacy of this government originate from? The election results or the political agreement? If the basis of its legitimacy comes from the election results, then what answers do you have for the people about what you were saying and what you had done before the elections?” said Rabbani, referring to the Ghani-Abdullah political deal.

Rabbani said that he does not want a new war to break out under the name of peace and he never opposed the presence of Jamiat members in the government.

“Those who brand us as against the peace, some of them are playing a political game with peace. All of you must remember that if tomorrow they are asked to step down from their government post and position in order to reach a dignified peace, they will not be prepared to step down for peace,” said Rabbani.

Back in May, President Ashraf Ghani and his political rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing deal after months of political discord that critics believed could have pushed the country towards a new crisis if not resolved.

The political tension emerged as a consequence of the disputed presidential election of last year, the result of which was announced in February. As a result, the two leaders, Ghani and Abdullah, held inauguration ceremonies on the same day in their adjacent respective palaces. Ghani was declared president by the Independent Election Commission after earning a slightly higher percentage than his rival Abdullah.

Abdullah was Jamiat’s candidate in the elections.

Internal rifts between Jamiat leaders broke out on July 2, after a number of members of the Jamiat-e-Islami Leadership Council in a move led by Atta Mohammad Noor, Jamiat’s chief executive, voted in a majority to replace the current leader Salahuddin Rabbani with Enayatullah Shadab, to lead the council.

In retaliation for this move, Rabbani suspended membership of Atta Mohammad Noor, Mohammad Younus Qanooni, Bismillah Khan, Abdul Hafiz Mansour and some other key figures of the party.

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