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Abdullah finalizes proposal of participatory government

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(Last Updated On: April 19, 2020)

According to sources close to Abdullah, the contents of the proposal include leadership of the reconciliation council, fifty percent share in the cabinet, and the authority to assign a number of governors.

The sources confirm that Abdullah will call in an international conference, such as that of the Bonn Agreement [held in 2001] in case his proposal gets rejected by the president.

It seems that after all the western diplomats’ stirs, tweets and conferences from the side of the US Department of State, and statements from other powerful countries around the world within the recent one month and a half, have not been instrumentally constructive to resolve tensions between Abdullah and Ghani.

After consulting his allies, Abdullah has finalized a proposal on forming a participatory government in which they want the leadership of the peace council with its full authorities and the president to a supervising member only.

A source close to Abdullah says that if the president rejects this final proposal, Abdullah will ask the international community to form a general assembly, similar to the Bonn Conference, the result of which will be the establishment of an internationally recognized government.

The presidential office has not yet commented on the matter, and apparently, it has not officially received the proposal; however, it seems to be aware of the content of it.

Many believe that the president will not agree to any type of participatory government.

The United States has consistently insisted on the formation of an all-inclusive government.

After his most recent meeting with the Indian foreign minister, Zalmay Khalilzad says that they have discussed supporting a quick reduction in violence, initiation of Intra-Afghan dialogue, and the establishment of all-inclusive government in Afghanistan.

Not only the United States, but also Europe, Moscow, Tehran, Dushanbe, Astana, and some regional states are not happy with the way the politics have been shaping up in Afghanistan.

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Pakistan embassy expresses ‘deep sadness’ over visa-stampede tragedy

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(Last Updated On: October 21, 2020)

Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul issued a statement Wednesday morning has expressed its regret over the loss of lives in Tuesday’s stampede at a stadium close to their consulate in Jalalabad city, which claimed the lives of at least 15 people. 

The stampede happened about 5km from the consulate after thousands of Afghans had gathered to start the application process for visas to travel to Pakistan. 

Among the dead were at least 11 women, many of whom were elderly. 

Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Mansoor Ahmad Khan, posted a condolence message on Twitter and said the embassy was working with the Afghan authorities to improve the visa application process. 

“We are committed to continue visa issuance to Afghan nationals under new visa policy while making the process smoother and streamlined at our end,” he said. 

He also stated he was “deeply saddened at the reports of casualties at a stadium in Jalalabad 5 km from Pakistani Consulate where visa applicants were being organized by Afghan provincial authorities. We sympathize with the families of victims.”

The embassy said in an official statement the incident happened when visa applicants were being “gathered and organized by the provincial Afghan authorities.

The embassy also appealed to the Afghan people for their cooperation and to the Afghan authorities “for better and secure management of the Afghan visa applicants”.

“We sympathize with the families of those who have lost their lives and those who have been injured in this unfortunate incident.”

The statement noted that the embassy “would like to emphasize again that in view of brotherly relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Pakistan Embassy in Kabul and our consulates in Jalalabad, Kandahar, Herat and Mazer-e-Sharif continue to issue multiple entry visas to the Afghan applicants for their visits to Pakistan for family, business, medical treatment, education and other purposes.”

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At least 15 dead in stampede near Pakistan consulate in Jalalabad

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(Last Updated On: October 21, 2020)

At least 15 Afghans, many of them elderly women, were killed and more than a dozen injured in a stampede in Jalalabad in Nangarhar province while waiting for visas from the Pakistan consulate, officials said Wednesday. 

The incident happened on Tuesday in an open ground close to the Pakistan consulate where over 3,000 Afghans had gathered to collect tokens needed to apply for a visa to travel to Pakistan. 

Sohrab Qaderi, a provincial council member in Jalalabad city, said of the 15 people dead, 11 were women and several senior citizens were wounded.

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Pakistan parliament to host trade and investment forum for Afghans

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Pakistan’s National Assembly will host a Pakistan-Afghanistan trade and economic forum next week to enhance bilateral relations and find ways to overcome transit and trade challenges. 

The two-day seminar in Islamabad will include a 17-member Afghan parliamentary delegation led by the Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) and representatives from Afghanistan’s trade and investment community. 

Pakistan’s The News reported delegates attending from Pakistan will include political leaders, academics, investors, and traders.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will address the opening ceremony of the conference on October 26 and a video message from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will be telecast during the event.

The seminar is being viewed as a positive sign of change and a way to overcome issues faced by traders and investors in both countries and will also open new avenues of political and parliamentary cooperation and coordination between the two countries. 

 

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