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Afghan govt prepares peace road map for Turkey summit: Ghani adviser

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(Last Updated On: March 25, 2021)

Waheed Omar, senior presidential advisor, on Thursday dispelled rumors that President Ashraf Ghani will present only an early election plan at the scheduled Istanbul Summit, and said he will however put forward a proposed roadmap to peace.

According to Omar the transfer of power via elections was just one part of the plan.

“The president has prepared a roadmap for peace. This road map is not in response to reject or accept the plans of others, but it’s the government’s roadmap for peace,” stated Omar.

This comes as reports indicated earlier this week that Ghani prepared a new plan for early elections in the country, which will be presented at the upcoming Turkey Summit.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Massoud, son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, former Mujahideen leader, said that Ghani is not a good leader and should step down.

“If peace talks are not concluded, people will take up arms against Taliban, Afghan people have the right to defend themselves,” said Massoud.

According to Massoud, Afghanistan should have a decentralized political system.

“A Swiss governance model, a decentralized system, which was one of the hopes of Ahmad Shah Massoud. It is the only way to resolve the situation. Most Afghans seek a decentralized system, “stated Massoud.

Taliban’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, meanwhile, rejected an early election plan, and said the group would not participate in such elections.

“Taliban can’t participate in elections that people do not participate in. Not only Taliban but all Afghans will not participate in a hasty election,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former member of the Taliban.

This comes after Ghani on Wednesday once again stated he was opposed to the establishment of an interim government and emphasized that Afghanistan will remain independent.

Addressing guests at an event to mark the inauguration of Kamal Khan Dam, Ghani said that “papers, plans and rumors are coming,” but Afghanistan will remain “independent.”

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Islamic countries to meet on Afghanistan crisis on Dec. 19

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Pakistan’s foreign minister called on Saturday for a fresh effort to stop neighboring Afghanistan sliding further into crisis as he announced an extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) later this month. 

The meeting of foreign ministers from Islamic countries will be held in Islamabad on Dec. 19, with delegations from the European Union and the so-called P5 group of the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China also invited.

“To abandon Afghanistan at this stage would be a historic mistake,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi told a news conference in Islamabad, warning that half the country was facing the risk of starvation that could trigger further chaos.

“Instability could give way to renewed conflict, it could trigger an exodus of refugees,” he said.

There have been growing warnings of the humanitarian crisis facing Afghanistan since international aid was abruptly cut following the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) takeover on Aug. 15 and fears of disaster if the situation is not brought under control.

However, getting help in has been hindered by sanctions on dealing with the IEA, the U.S. decision to freeze billions of dollars of central bank reserves held outside Afghanistan and the collapse of much of the country’s banking system.

Pakistan recently agreed to allow 50,000 tonnes of wheat to transit through its territory from India to help Afghanistan but aid agencies have warned that much more help is urgently needed.

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Pakistan to let Afghan trucks transport wheat from India to Afghanistan

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Pakistan’s has allowed India to transport 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and life-saving medicines through Wagah as humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, the Pakistani government said in a statement Saturday.

“With a view to further facilitate Pakistan’s decision to allow transportation of 50,000 MT of wheat and life-saving medicines from India to Afghanistan via Wagah border on an exceptional basis for humanitarian purposes, it has been decided to also allow the use of Afghan trucks for transportation from Wagah border to Torkham,” read the statement.

“This demonstrates the commitment and seriousness of the Government of Pakistan to facilitate the proposed humanitarian assistance.”

The statement noted that the decision was conveyed to the Charge d’ Affaires of India on Saturday at the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs adding that “the Indian government was also urged to proceed quickly to take necessary steps to expeditiously undertake the delivery of the humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.”

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France, Europeans working to open joint mission in Afghanistan: Macron

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Several European countries are working on opening up a joint diplomatic mission in Afghanistan that would enable their ambassadors to return to the country, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday.

Western countries have been grappling with how to engage with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) after they took power in Afghanistan in mid-August.

The United States and other Western countries shut their embassies and withdrew their diplomats when the previous government collapsed, following which the IEA declared an interim government whose top members are under U.S. and U.N. sanctions.

“We are thinking of an organisation between several European countries… a common location for several Europeans, which would allow our ambassadors to be present,” Macron told reporters in Doha before heading to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Reuters reported.

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