The second deputy chief executive and head of the People’s Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan, Mohammad Mohaqiq, on Friday said he doubts the peace efforts but added that it should go ahead together with the presidential election.
Mr. Mohaqiq said he left the Peace and Moderation team led by presidential candidate Mohammad Haneef Atmar as they were prioritizing peace.
Addressing a campaign rally in Kabul together with his new political allies, Mr. Mohaqiq said “we are ready to cooperate in peace” but he doubts its progress considering the current “ambiguities” around it.
His remarks are expressed at a time that the US and the Taliban negotiators began their ninth round of talks on Thursday with the hope to reach a peace deal.
At the same event, Chief Executive of Afghanistan and presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said his election campaign team is owned by all Afghans and that he is not in favor of collapse of any campaign.
“This makes our will stronger when we see this much sacrifice. This really encourages us to roll up our sleeves and be honest in serving the people,” Mr. Abdullah said, pointing to reuniting of Mr. Mohaqiq to his team who also supported him in 2014 presidential polls.
The presidential election is scheduled for September 28. Now, sixteen candidates have remained in the presidential race.