Afghans in various regions of the country on Wednesday accused the country’s political leaders of engaging in power-sharing issues as the conflict continues to take dozens of lives of civilians and military personnel on a daily basis.
They said that Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council for National Reconciliation has been engaging in power-sharing issues instead of working for peace. But Abdullah has said that efforts are underway for peace.
“Work is underway to reach for peace--a dignified and sustainable peace--and the start of the intra-Afghan talks,” said Abdullah.
Ismail Mohammadi is a resident of Kunduz province who migrated to Kabul following a surge in the level of violence in the suburbs of the city.
He said that the war has reached the outskirts of Kunduz city because of the negligence of the government officials.
He also said that his expectations of Abdullah for peace have changed into disappointment.
“Meetings are held on peace, but all of them are dramatic, the two gentlemen (Ghani and Abdullah) are engaging in power-sharing issues, they do not care about the people,” said Ismail Mohammadi, a resident of Kunduz.
Two months have passed since Abdullah Abdullah and President Ashraf Ghani signed a political agreement making Abdullah the head of the High Council for National Reconciliation.
But the High Council for National Reconciliation so far has not announced members--and deputies.
“Without a doubt, Abdullah has a historic responsibility for peace, but two months have passed, no progress has been made,” said Tariq Farhadi, a former presidential adviser.
But a source close to Abdullah Abdullah has said that he will not finalize the members of the peace council unless disagreements are resolved on the appointment of new cabinet ministers, governors and the heads of the independent directorates.
“The people are burning in the flames of the war, but these people are busy in their political deals,” said MP Amir Khan Yar.
Disagreements between our political leaders could have negative implications for the structure of the system,” said Rohullah Sakhizad, a legal expert in Kabul.
Meanwhile, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has expressed deep concerns over a rise in the number of casualties among the Afghan civilians and urged the need for a swift start of intra-Afghan talks.
“Unfortunately the civilians are still the victims of violence and this is worsening,” said Zabiullah Farhang, the head of the media department of the human rights commission.