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Council of Jihadi Party Launched in Kabul

Afghanistan's former president Sebghatullah Mojaddedi on Thursday announced the establishment of a new political party – the Council of Jihadi – which aims to put pressure on the National Unity Government to bring about reform.

Mohadedi said that eight parties had come together to form the new party. According to him, the party's main aim is to fight corruption, bring peace and security to the country and to support civil action movements.

Meanwhile, the former vice president Mohammad Karim Khalili, who has also joined the party, said that they are completely non-partisan.

"The party is totally independent and has no links to government or any foreign countries," said Khalili.

The party said that they will support the National Unity Government but will also oppose it if necessary.

"Ghani's government has done good but it has also made mistakes. The party aims to bring about reforms," Mojaddedi added.

"The new party will support good performance by government but it will strongly oppose wrongdoing on the part of government," Khalili added.

But party members raised their concerns over interference in Afghan affairs by neighboring countries and said that most of the security issues stem from outside the country.

The party members said that they will support the peace process and will not allow any group to make Afghanistan a safe haven for terrorists.

"The party supports, and will defend, the peace process and the party will not allow Afghanistan to be a safe haven for terrorists," Khalili said.

The party called on anti-government groups to join the peace process.

"We call on Afghan Taliban to stop destroying their 'house'," said Qazi Amin Weqad one of the party members said.

In addition, Ahmad Zia Massoud, special envoy to Ghani, who was also present, says today was a historic moment in Afghan politics - where different role players came together to find solutions.

"Despite problems the country has seen development and Afghanistan has made some achievements," Massoud said.

According to him it is usual for political parties to come together during a crisis in order to find solutions for their country.

Massoud went on to say that nepotism is rife in the country and even political parties are formed on the back of it.

"We should weaken the tribal axis but strengthen the national axis as any tribal government does not have good consequences," Massoud said.

Council of Jihadi Party Launched in Kabul

Afghanistan's former president Sebghatullah Mojaddedi on Thursday announced the establishment of a

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Afghanistan's former president Sebghatullah Mojaddedi on Thursday announced the establishment of a new political party – the Council of Jihadi – which aims to put pressure on the National Unity Government to bring about reform.

Mohadedi said that eight parties had come together to form the new party. According to him, the party's main aim is to fight corruption, bring peace and security to the country and to support civil action movements.

Meanwhile, the former vice president Mohammad Karim Khalili, who has also joined the party, said that they are completely non-partisan.

"The party is totally independent and has no links to government or any foreign countries," said Khalili.

The party said that they will support the National Unity Government but will also oppose it if necessary.

"Ghani's government has done good but it has also made mistakes. The party aims to bring about reforms," Mojaddedi added.

"The new party will support good performance by government but it will strongly oppose wrongdoing on the part of government," Khalili added.

But party members raised their concerns over interference in Afghan affairs by neighboring countries and said that most of the security issues stem from outside the country.

The party members said that they will support the peace process and will not allow any group to make Afghanistan a safe haven for terrorists.

"The party supports, and will defend, the peace process and the party will not allow Afghanistan to be a safe haven for terrorists," Khalili said.

The party called on anti-government groups to join the peace process.

"We call on Afghan Taliban to stop destroying their 'house'," said Qazi Amin Weqad one of the party members said.

In addition, Ahmad Zia Massoud, special envoy to Ghani, who was also present, says today was a historic moment in Afghan politics - where different role players came together to find solutions.

"Despite problems the country has seen development and Afghanistan has made some achievements," Massoud said.

According to him it is usual for political parties to come together during a crisis in order to find solutions for their country.

Massoud went on to say that nepotism is rife in the country and even political parties are formed on the back of it.

"We should weaken the tribal axis but strengthen the national axis as any tribal government does not have good consequences," Massoud said.

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