Farida Momand, a member of the High Council of National Reconciliation (HCNR), on Wednesday said that mistrust between the political leaders, the people and the government has been the fundamental obstacle to building political consensus in the country for a long time.
She warned that the peace process will be deadlocked if there is an absence of a powerful consensus between the country’s political leaders, the people and the government, adding that the gap will also lead to the emergence of a new crisis in the country.
This comes days after President Ashraf Ghani, as part of consultations on peace, met with a number of political leaders of the country including former president Hamid Karzai; however, there are no reports about what was discussed in the meetings when it came to the continuation of Ghani’s tenure in office.
“It is very important that the Afghan government moves toward talks with a political consensus, otherwise there will be no benefit of the talks, and the Taliban will exploit it,” said Farida Momand, a member of the HCNR.
“The government has failed over the years to create a political consensus inside the country with the political leaders and the nation,” added Momand.
“There is a need for a powerful high council of government to undertake the management of war and peace in Afghanistan and it shouldn’t only the asset of the Arg (presidential palace) and Sapidar palace,” said Hafizurrahman Naqi, a member of Hizb-e-Islami.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Wali Massoud, the former Afghan ambassador to Britain, has warned that Afghanistan could slip into a new civil war after the withdrawal of foreign forces from the country unless a strong political consensus is forged in the country.
“If they say that we have a consensus to save the post of (Ghani), the people will not accept that. You must be focused on a topic for which the people are in agreement. No doubt all sides want peace,” said Ahmad Wali Massoud, former ambassador to the UK.
The Presidential Palace has said that political consensus has been made about peace and that the president’s meetings with other political leaders were also aimed at promoting further cooperation and consensus between the government and the political elites.