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No peace deal sans people’s will: President Ghani

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KABUL: Addressing representatives of different ethnic groups in Herat City on Thursday evening, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said no peace agreement will be concluded against the will of the people, promising any decision in this regard will be taken on the basis of public and parliamentary suggestions, a presidential statement said.
According to the statement, the president called peace a divine command that was a necessity for the country’s even-handed development and prosperity.
The president assured women that no one will be allowed to compromise their rights in the name of peace. “A government negotiating team has already been constituted for talks.”
The presidential vote would be conducted on schedule next year, the president said, stressing the incoming government must be capable of discharging its duties in an efficient manner.
All possible efforts would be made to hold the elections transparently, the president pledged, saying all government institutions were responsible for respecting voters’ mandate.
Western Zone  Ulema Council head Mawlawi  Khuda Dad, Provincial Council Chairman Kamran Alizai, Syed Abdur Rahim and Hujatus Salam Mohammad Jawad Rajabzada spoke on behalf of the delegates.
They shared their views with the president on the peace process, recent parliamentary elections and the need for development and reforms. They thanked the president for inaugurating the Lapis Lazuli route.
While presenting public demands to the president, they also welcomed the launch of work on the ring road. They called for joint efforts to restore peace in the country and avoid disunity among the people.

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