Consultations with political leaders key towards peace in Afghanistan, lawmakers

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has recently held meetings with a number of political leaders, members of civil society organizations, politicians and lawmakers to discuss the country’s peace process and consult regarding a consultative board which will be created within few days. Meetings and consultations with political figures are to continue.
A number of political experts and lawmakers believe that such meetings and consultations with political leaders and civil society activists are good step towards increasing of coordination between the government and political parties and can help accelerate peace efforts.
“Afghanistan is now in a critical situation as presidential elections is to be held within six months, and on the other hand serious efforts are being made for maintaining peace in the country; therefore, it is needed that the country’s President consult such issues with political leaders,” said Hadi Khalid, former deputy minister of interior.
He added that the best option that could help the government overcome ongoing challenges facing Afghanistan was consultative meetings with political figures and civil society activists.
Jamal Farahmand, another Afghan political expert, believes that today we witnessed peace in our country if the government has acted upon the people’s consultations in the past four years as the people themselves can play effective role in the country’s peace process.
“It is now a good step that the country’s President holds consultative meetings with various classes of the people and political parties and fortunately Afghan political figures have now perceived the critical situation of the country and want to pass the current impasse,” Farahmand added.
Meanwhile, lawmakers by praising the country’s President for his step towards holding consultative meetings with political leaders and figures say the step can be effective for peace in Afghanistan although it is late to do so.
They stressed that Afghanistan would reach lasting peace and stability if such consultative meetings and discussions were followed with political parties in the country.
On the other hand, civil society and women activists are asking the government not to forget women presence in such meetings as on national processes in particular peace process can be successful without considerable presence of women.
“Women have active and effective role in all sections as they have played their active role in various democratic processes; therefore, ignoring the active presence of women can face national processes with challenges,” said Farzana Hekmati, a civil society activist.
Regarding consultative meeting with the country’s President, head of Afghan Women Network Mari Akrami said: “Members of civil society organizations have shared their visions and consultations with the country’s President.”
Akrami stressed that it was not possible to reach lasting peace in the country without active presence of Afghan women who have always wanted fair and lasting peace in the country.
It is worth mentioning that Afghanistan government has so for made lots of efforts in national and international level to bring peace to the country as the government has recently informed of working on peace consultative board that aims to cooperate with the government’s technical and negotiating teams.
Suraya Raiszada

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