Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Peace Jirga Concludes with 23-Point Communique

Peace Jirga Concludes with 23-Point Communique

KABUL - The Consultative Peace Jirga has issued final communique after five working days stressing upon nation-wide truce ahead of Ramazan, opening of office for Taliban in the country and release of prisoners.
Around 3,200 people from all over the country participated in the Jirga from April 29 till May 3 in capital Kabul in a tight security.
After intense discussion and debate the Jirga which was disintegrated in 50 committees have presented the summary of their work in 23 points.
The Jirga asked the Taliban to renounce violence keeping in mind the worst consequences of bloodshed and take part in the rehabilitation and uplift of the country.
It demanded the Taliban and Ulmea to bring unification in the interpretation of the Islamic guidelines as often the teaching of Islam had been interpreted in a different manner in Afghanistan.
The final communique of the Jirga asked the Taliban to and the government to acknowledge the demands of the people of Afghanistan by announcing a ceasefire in respect and honour of the holy month of Ramazan.
The Jirga asked the Taliban, international community, regional countries and other involved parties to respect the demands of the Jirga delegates and take practical steps to reduce violence in the war-torn country.
The delegates in their resolution called on the international community to coordinate their peace efforts with the Afghan government and that give Kabul a central role in the reconciliation process.
The Jirga lend their support to the security institutions of the country saying for durable peace, territorial integrity and national dignity the role of security and defence institutions was vital.
They demanded both sides to enter the prisoners swap on the bases of the Islamic sprit and took steps for the release prisoners which could build trust on both sides and create encouraging environment.
The body of elders also demanded to government to stress over the policy of good neighbour and lodge formal complain to the UN in case of interference from outside.
The Jirga delegates called on the Afghan government, Afghan political parties and other stake holders to enter peace talks from a unified address.
The delegates demanded the Afghan government to prepare a timeline for a responsible withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan in coordination with the international community.
They called on the involved parties and countries in the peace process to facilitate opening of the Taliban's political office in Afghanistan.
The Peace Jirga stressed all rights of Afghans, including women's rights, should be preserved in the peace process.
The communique says that the Afghan Constitution must be protected  but if amendment was needed it should be brought through a legitimate procedure. They also stressed that peace should ensure in the country by preserving the Islamic Republic system. (Pajhwok)