TOLOnews 10pm News 06 September 2020
The Taliban leadership has appointed Mawlawi Abdul Hakim, the chief justice of the group, as head of their 21-member negotiating team in Qatar, making the former chief negotiator Abbas Stanekzai his deputy.
Sources close to the Taliban said that most of the fatwas (rulings) of the group, particularly on war, are issued by Mawlawi Abdul Hakim and that he will attend the negotiating table with full authority.
Afghan senators, who held their first session since the end of the summer recess on Sunday, called on the country’s political leaders to end their dispute on the structure of the High Council for National Reconciliation and warned there wlll be tragic consequences if the disagreements remain unsolved.
President Ashraf Ghani last week in a decree announced a list of 46 members for the High Council for National Reconciliation. But the head of the council, Abdullah Abdullah, opposed the decree, saying he has the authority to appoint members of the council in consultation with all stakeholders.