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Concerns over slow implementation of Ghani-Abdullah agreement

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(Last Updated On: June 16, 2020)

Following the signing of the political agreement between President Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, no significant progress has been made in implementing the agreement.

Nearly a month has passed since the signing of the political agreement between President Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, but no fundamental work has been done to implement elements of the agreement.

Arg has so far nominated seven ministers for President Ghani’s share, while Abdullah has not yet nominated any. Also, he has not finalized appointments in the High Reconciliation Council which is chaired by Abdullah. All these have created concerns among politicians.

Abdullah’s associates underlined that fundamental work has begun in the High Council of National Reconciliation, and he will nominate his share of the cabinet within a few days.

“When the political agreement was signed between the two sides, people hoped that a reconciliation council would be formed as soon as possible, but neither the reconciliation council nor the cabinet had been completed,” said Shahzada Masood, a politician. “These two should be completed as soon as possible, so the Intra-Afghan talks, which we hope for, will take place in the coming weeks.”

On the other hand, giving the rank of marshals to General Dostum, Abdullah’s political partner, has not yet been officially granted by the president.

Associates of General Dostum say that the marshall rite will be held in Kabul in the next few days.

“Marshall Abdul Rashid Dostum, one of Afghanistan’s leaders and a member of the Security Council, will be in Kabul in the coming days for a special ceremony,” said Bashir Ahmad Tahianj, spokesman for the Afghan National Movement.

There are concerns about the lack of progress in government structures after the signing of a political agreement between Arg and Sapidar.

The presidential palace has not commented on the matter yet.

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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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Gailani calls for Afghans to unite under the umbrella of Islam 

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(Last Updated On: October 20, 2020)

After weeks of waiting for progress around the Afghan peace talks that are currently underway in Doha, Hamid Gailani, the leader of the Mahaz-e-Milli Islami Afghanistan party on Tuesday called on all parties to the conflict to unite as Muslims and to form an interim government. 

Gailani called on both government and the Taliban to take steps consistent with what “the mighty Allah has said about peace”. Citing the Holy Quran, Gailani said “and peace is good”  and that “we should do good for the people.”

“We are both Afghan and Muslim and it is the Afghans and Muslims who are suffering on both ends, people who die or get wounded from any of the sides are both Afghan and Muslim.

“Brothers, let’s be united, jointly and with understanding and for the sake of Allah, get rid of this sedition and take steps toward peace, which has been favored by Allah,” said Gailani, who is the son of the late politician and respected religious leader Pir Sayed Ahmed Gailani. 

In reference to negotiations, Gailani suggested a shift in dynamics and said: “Both sides are plaintiff. In every (traditional) negotiation, religion/Sharia, national traditions, and international law, there is always a need for a third side in conflict resolution. Therefore, as I see it we have no option for solving the issue other than the formation of an interim administration, in which all sides will have representation and agreed by all, and steps towards peace be taken in light of it.”

“Then a national government, according to the wishes of people and with the participation of all sides based on national consensus, be formed so that the seditious war comes to an end.”

Gailani is yet another voice calling for an end to the ongoing war – a war that has lasted for almost 40 years and one which the majority of stakeholders, including foreign partners and neighboring countries agree that there is no military solution. 

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Pompeo to meet with Armenian and Azeri foreign ministers

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(Last Updated On: October 21, 2020)

Armenia and Azerbaijan’s foreign ministers will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Friday in a bid to end the conflict that erupted between the two countries last month. 

Reuters reported on Tuesday that Armenia and Azerbaijan had both confirmed the meeting. 

The US State Department did not immediately comment but the planned meetings suggest Washington is stepping up efforts to calm a conflict that has killed hundreds of people since September 27. 

Russia has tried to mediate over the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute but two ceasefires brokered in Moscow this month have not ended the fighting. 

Reuters stated that Armenia and Azerbaijan confirmed intense fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday and that fears have been raised that regional powers Turkey and Russia could be sucked into a wider conflict. 

 

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