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Afghanistan: Gilani appointed as government’s chief peace negotiator

Untitled-1_1KABUL: Renowned spiritual leader Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani has been appointed as new Afghan High Peace Council  chairman, a well-placed source said on Sunday.

Salahuddin Rabbani resigned the slot after his appointment as foreign minister. The key post had been vacant for nearly a year, irking major international donors.

An official privy to discussions on the appointmnts told Pajhwok Afghan News ex-vice president Karim Khalili and then Bamyan governor Habiba Sarabi had been named as deputy head of the peace body.

Attaullah Saleem, Maulvi  Khyber Haji Din Mohammad and Maulvi Khuddam have also been appointed to the council, said Javed Faisal, deputy spokesman for the CEO office.

Weeks ago, major donors including the United States Agency for International Development and the British government suspended financial aid to the council due to the delay in the appointment of its leader.

Meanwhile, a source in the National Front party also confirmed Gilani’s appointment. However, he had no information regarding other nominations for HPC, which was set up by the Karzai administration.

Some cabinet members, Kabul mayor and a new attorney-general (AG) are also expected to be named this week. Former Independent Election Commission (IEC) head Fazal Ahmad Manavi may be appointed as new AG. -Pajhwok

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