MEHWAR: Politicians Boycott Peace Jirga
Despite opposition by some of Afghanistan’s mainstream political parties and six presidential candidates, officials from the High Peace Council on Tuesday said that preparations for the Grand Consultative On Peace are underway and that at least 15,00 delegations been finalized so far.
The Jirga is scheduled for April 29, where almost 2,500 delegates will attend to decide on the future of the peace talks in Afghanistan.
Hizb-e-Islami party led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has also been one of the key critics of the modality of selection of Jirga members. However, it has not officially announced its stance on the issue.
Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah’s Stability and Participation election ticket was the first movement to boycott the Jirga on Sunday, April 14.
The election tickets belonged to Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Rahmatullah Nabil, Ahmad Wali Massoud, and Noor-ul-Haq Ulomi also boycotted the Jirga.
In this episode of Mehwar, host Sadaf Amiri discusses the topic with Sayed Ali Kazimi, a spokesman for the Jirga organizing committee.