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Atmar’s Office Calls for National Consensus on ‘Alternative Govt’

(Last Updated On: March 16, 2019)

The office of former national security advisor Mohammad Haneef Atmar on Saturday called on the politicians and people to build a national consensus on an alternative government in the country.

Atmar’s office spokesman Qadir Shah said that according to the constitution, the term of National Unity Government (NUG) will end in 22nd May this year and that an alternative administration should be formed to end the “incomplete” policies of the current government.

He said Afghan people and politicians should reach into a national consensus before forming an alternative government.

It comes days after the National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib accused Special U.S. Representative Zalmay Khalilzad of bypassing the elected Afghan government in their direct peace talks with the Taliban.

He said that Khalilzad is keeping the “duly elected” Afghan government in dark and that in the latest round of talks in Doha, they were humiliated and made to wait in a hotel lobby.

“We don’t know what’s going on. We don’t have the kind of transparency that we should have,” Mohib said.

He also alleged that Khalilzad has personal ambition in Afghanistan.

In response, the U.S. has summoned Mohib and rejected his remarks against Khalilzad.

The U.S. State Department in a statement said that Khalilzad represents the Secretary and that attacks on him are attacks on the Department. It added that Mohib’s remarks only serve to hinder the bilateral relationship and the peace process.

In reaction, Atmar also in a tweet said that Mohib’s “controversial” remarks are concerning the peace process and that are misguided and against their national interests.

“The Afghan people desire peace above all priorities and the Afg Govt must stop creating hurdles on this path,” Atmar said.

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