Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, was once again criticized for delays in completing the formation of the council that has been formed to lead the peace efforts in the country.
The council was created two months ago after Abdullah signed the political agreement with President Ashraf Ghani. The council should have five members – two of whom are Abdullah’s running mates from his election campaign, but three others have yet to be appointed.
“His position will not get a legal shape as head of the High Council for National Reconciliation if Dr. Abdullah is not interested in forming the council,” said Arash Shaheerpoor, a lawyer.
“The salary that is paid to him (Abdullah) is not deserved compared to his activities,” said Baz Mohammad, a religious scholar.
Lawmakers meanwhile blamed Abdullah Abdullah for lacking the ability to shoulder his responsibilities as the head of the High Council for National Reconciliation.
“What will (the council) do for peace--while its formation is not complete, its administrative board is not clear and its deputies are not appointed?" asked Hamida Ahmadzai, an MP.
“We cannot call it the High Council for National Reconciliation as he (Abdullah) has not been able to agree on its formation,” said Shafiqa Sakhayulchi, an MP.
According to a member of the negotiation team, the appointment of members of the High Council for National Reconciliation is required to move the team’s affairs forward.
“Our activities will be completed if the council formed and political discussions are held,” said Ghulam Farooq Majroh, member of the negotiation team of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Abdullah’s office said efforts are underway to appoint the members of the High Council for National Reconciliation.
“The activities of the High Council for National Reconciliation are moving forward smoothly and with coordination. There is a need for us to have political discussions on peace, which is a key principle, and we are doing that,” said Fraidoon Khwazoon, a spokesman for the council.