HPC useless in current circumstances: deputy CEO

Create: 04/11/2015 - 11:03

KABUL (Pajhwok): The first deputy chief executive officer on Saturday said there was no need for the High Peace Council (HPC) in the current circumstances.
Eng. Mohammad Khan said the HPC, a government body tasked with negotiating peace with insurgents, had done nothing since the formation of the unity government six months ago.
He said the body had not been involved in the ongoing peace efforts nor it was aware about details from the latest contacts in this regard.
The deputy CEO said President Ashraf Ghani was taking forward the peace bid through his special representatives.
Khan said the HPC had no importance in the ongoing peace efforts. The HPC would be effective only when it shunned its inactiveness, he believed.
The first deputy CEO said experienced individuals existed in the council and the government should take benefit from them in other fields. He said peace needed a trustworthy body unlike the current one.
About Pakistan’s role in the ongoing peace efforts and its sincerity, Mohammad Khan said: “The time will prove how much Pakistan is sincere.”
He said though Pakistan’s civil and military leaderships had repeatedly claimed their sincerity this time, some border issues and security incidents in Afghanistan brought under question Islamabad’s claims.
“President Ghani has made it clear on Pakistan that if violence in Afghanistan increased this spring, it will show Pakistan is not sincere about peace and relations.”
Khan claimed the insurgency in Afghanistan was supported by regional spy networks because the insurgents could not fight for so many years without such backing.