Unconfirmed reports about a Loya Jirga, or national assembly, under the title of a "Ulema Council on the current situation of Afghanistan" in the Loya Jirga hall in Kabul, have been circulating.
Although, the Islamic Emirate officials did not provide details about it, a statement which was apparently released by the Prime Minister office said the aim of the gathering was to unify (gather) Afghans from across the country.
However, the statement did not provide further details about the exact time or the participants at the gathering.
“As we are facing a critical situation, we hope this gathering move us toward unity and warms the hearts of our citizens to return to the country,” said Abdul Matin Mahir, Imam of Haji Abdul Rahman mosque.
Earlier, many Afghan politicians called to convene a Loya Jirga and to have a national dialogue to discuss the current Afghan challenges.
“We hope this gathering will not be symbolic and will pave the ground for the participants of all tribes, particularly female Islamic clerics, because the women’s rights based on the Islamic view should be considered in this gathering,” said Jamil Afghan, a female Islamic cleric.
“There is narrow chance this gathering will convince the Taliban to put aside violence and respect human rights and include people in the politics,” said Sayed Sijad Sijadi, a political analyst.
Meanwhile, Kabul Polytechnic University has dismissed its students until next week, which is notable because that is the site of the Loya Jirga hall.
“We were dismissed by the Kabul Polytechnic University. We have received a statement which dismissed us for one week,” said Shafiullah Aminzai, a student of the Kabul Polytechnic University.
Earlier, Naseer Ahmad Faiq, Chargé d'Affaires of the Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the United Nations, called on the UN to facilitate a national dialogue to overcome the current challenges in Afghanistan.