Saturday, November 12, 2011 – A number of Afghan parliament members once again emphasized that organizing the traditional tribal elders summit (Loya Jirga) is illegal despite the 170 Afghan parliament members who are ready to join the gathering, traditional Loya Jirga.
The traditional Loya Jirga is expected to be held on 16th November 2011 to discuss the strategic pact between Afghanistan and United States of America and the Afghan peace talks with the Taliban militants.
The traditional Loya Jirga was the main subject of the Afghan House of Representatives geneeral summit where a number of Afghan parliament members insisted that the traditional jirga is illegal according to the law.
A female parliament member representing Badakhsan province Fauzia Kofi said, Afghan House of Representatives following their Saturday’s general session discussed and approved regulations on the two main issues.
According to Fauzia Kofi, the first issue which Afghan lawmakers discussed and approved is the organization of traditional Jirga which is illegal and that the Afghan parliament members will not attend the Jirga.
The second issue according to Fauzia Kofi was the expenses of the traditional Loya Jirga.
She said, the Afghan government should provide the details of the Loya Jirga expenses, which has not been presented to Afghan House of Representatives for the approval.
But the officials of commision to organize the traditional Loya Jirga emphasized that such comments will not have any impact on the government’s decision to organze the Loya Jirga and that the government is committed to organize the Jirga.
A spokesman for the Administration of Traditional Loya Jirga Safia Sediqi said, a number of the neigboring countries of Afghanistan are struggling to create tensions for the establishment of the traditional Afghan Loya Jirga.
According to reports, more than 2000 individuals from various regions of Afghanistan have been invited to participate in the Traditional Loya Jirga to discuss and decide on the main Afghan issues including the strategic cooperation agreement between United States and Afghan government and Afghan peace talks with the Taliban militants group.