Intra-Afghan conference suggested for peace
15 October, 2012
KABUL: The Social Council of Eastern Provinces on Sunday called for an intra-Afghans peace conference to resolve the current crisis in the country.
The call came at a gathering on the theme of national unity and prosperity, organised by the council in Kabul. Members of the councils, tribal elders, political parties' representatives and academics attended the event.
Qamaruddin Shinwari, the chairman of the council, said the objective of the gathering was to build trust among tribes and strengthen national unity at a time of increasing meddling from neighbours in Afghanistan's affairs.
The government should pay greater attention to the root causes of insecurity, discourage racism, ensure merit in appointments and bring reform to key state institutions, he demanded.
He said the council planned to organise an intra-Afghans conference to deal with the problems facing the country.
He also sought international support for the move, saying political stability in Afghanistan was in the interest of the world.
The Afghans could not wait for global assistance indefinitely to rebuild their war-devastated country and should get united to fend for themselves, Shinwari remarked.
Another participant, Eng. Asim, demanded all-out efforts to eradicate corruption from government departments.
He said the rulers' indifference also contributed to the current security situation.
Haji Fazal Karim, the owner of Shamshad TV channel, also underlined the imperative of national unity to bring peace and development of the country.
He asked the government to crack down on warlordism.