(MENAFN - Daily Outlook Afghanistan) KABUL - Some Meshrano Jirga orSenate members on Sunday said Afghan politicians' conference in Pakistan wasuseless absent government representatives, while some others hoped it wouldencourage Islamabad's honesty.
A day earlier, Afghanpoliticians including Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Atta Mohammad Noor, Mohammad KarimKhalili, Anwarul Haq Ahadi, Hamid Gilani, Mohammad Mohaqiq, Abdul Latif Pedram,Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Ahmad Wali Massoud and some others attended a conferenceabout the Afghan peace process in Pakistan's Lahore city.
The meeting continues today butthe Taliban, who were also invited, did not attend it.
Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, MeshranoJirga chairman, told today' session of the upper house that any efforts madefor the Afghan peace should be led by the Afghan government.
'We suspect Pakistan's effortsfor peace because they supported terrorists and figures who fought against theAfghan government, he said.
He said Afghan government'srepresentatives had to participate in the meeting in Pakistan and politiciansshould also attended it in agreement with the government.
'If this meeting is between thetwo governments, then there is need for government representatives to be there,but if the meeting is only for some politicians then the government should havestopped, he said.
Muslimyar added such meetingswithout participation of government officials were unproductive.
Haseebullah Kalimzai, asenator, pointing to Afghan politicians attending the Lahore Conference, said,'We hope our politicians would not prefer national interests over personalinterests, you were and are still part of this government, so you should notforget it, any efforts for peace would end up unproductive unless thegovernment appoints a committee for talks with the Taliban.
He said it was responsibilityof the government to stop unproductive meetings hosted abroad about Afghanistan.
However, first deputy Senatechairman, Mohammad Alam Ezdyar, talking about the Lahore Conference, said, 'Wealways criticize Pakistan for its interference in Afghanistan and supportingterrorists, but we hope participants of this meeting would be able to encouragethis country to be honest about the Afghan peace process. (Pajhwok)