Afghan Government Appoints New Team of Afghan High Peace Council

Kabul: Afghan government has appointed New team of Afghan Peace Council on Sunday, An influential political and religious figure Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani an ethnic Pashtun has been appointed as the new Chief of the Afghan High Peace Council. While former Afghan Vice President Karim Khalili head of Hizb-e Wahdat Afghanistan has been appointed as the Deputy Chief of the High Peace Council along with Mawlavi Ata-ur-Rehman, Mawlavi Khaibar and Habiba Surabi. Khamma Press reported.

Pir Sayyid Ahmed Gailani is the leader of the Qadiriyyah Sufi in Afghanistan, and the founder of the National Islamic Front of Afghanistan (Mahaz-i-Milli Islami ye Afghanistan), a party that was associated with the Mujahedeen who led the war against the Soviet Union.

Earlier the current Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani was previously serving as the chairman of the council while the acting Minister of Defense Masoom Stanikzai was the secretariat chief.

The new appointments come days after the major international donor’s suspended aid to the council due to the lack of the leadership. The council officials said earlier this month that the major donors that have suspended financial aid included the United States Agency for International Development and the government of the United Kingdom.

A senior member of the council, Mohammad Ismail Qasimyar, confirmed that the donors have suspended financial support to the High Peace Council since the beginning of the year, citing lack of chairman for almost a year and issues within the secretariat of the council.

The Afghanistan High Peace Council was formed by the former President Hamid Karzai in mid 2010 to provide a platform for reconciliation talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban group.

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