Afghanistan not prepared to go 10 years back, says Afghan MP

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Kabul, June 6(ANI): Afghanistan's Member of Parliament, Fawzia Kofi, has said that the nation or the Hamid Karzai-led Government is not ready to accept any path which threaten to throw the country back in time.

Kofi's comments came after the Afghan's Consultative Peace Jirga outlined a path for Karzai to negotiate with the Taliban, which included removal of senior Taliban figures from a United Nations blacklist and strengthening of Islamic law.

"This nation is not prepared to go 10 years back," The Globe and Mail quoted Kofi, as saying.

"The delegates showed that they have already been influenced by Talibanization, making sure the insurgents' ideology is included in these proposals. We cannot offer impunity to these people. They need to be equal before the law," she added.

The jirga advised the government to act "immediately" on seeking the removal of the names of militant leaders from a blacklist drawn up by the UN Security Council in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the US.

The list designated Taliban and Al-Qaeda leaders, who were then based in Afghanistan, as terrorists, and helped to provide a UN-sanctioned justification for the US-led invasion of the country in November 2001. (ANI)

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