Some lawmakers in the Afghan parliament, the Wolesi Jirga, on Saturday welcomed peace efforts by Kabul but said people will not support “secret and unclear” plans around peace.
They claimed that government is adopting secret plans in the peace talks process.
“We are concerned about this peace under (President Ashraf) Ghani and their foreign supporters’ management. We want to make it clear that no type of plot is acceptable for us,” said Abdul Latif Pedram, an MP from Badakhshan.
“It is good that we should know about the mechanism so that there should be an agreement on it and a common definition of it. The peace process should not be used as a tool to remove one group and bring another,” said Fawzia Kofi, an MP from Badakhshan.
The speaker of the house, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, said any secret talks are against people’s interests and that he asks government to share its peace plans with members of the public.
“The peace plan is vague and the peace plan’s details are being kept secret from the people which is not acceptable to us,” he said.
One MP, Mullah Trakhail, hailed the president’s plans for peace.
“This courage and initiative of the president should be appreciated, and it is a must for us as representatives of the people to support this,” Tarakhail said.
Meanwhile, government and the High Peace Council rejected claims of any secret talks with the Taliban.
“The proposed package prepared by the High Peace Council by using people’s voices has not mentioned safe zones (for militants),” the High Peace Council spokesman Ehsan Taheri said.
“The president has started consultations with different political figures, representatives of political parties, honorable jihadi figures, the head of parliament and different levels of people. We hope that the Afghan parliament will share with us if they have any comments,” said Shahussain Murtazawi, a spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani.
Some legislators said government is trying to hand over parts of the country to the Taliban as “secure areas” to kickstart the peace process with the group.