Former president Hamid Karzai said on Sunday that he will not be a part of “any government structure” including the High Council for National Reconciliation, just hours after his appointment.
He had been one of the people named by President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday evening, for membership to the council which is headed by Abdullah Abdullah.
Karzai’s office said that while he welcomed the peace efforts as an Afghan citizen, and “he will continue his efforts for peace” but “will not take part in any government structure.”
The High Council for National Reconciliation’s main aim is to facilitate the peace talks with the Taliban and ensure political consensus.
Its members include national political leaders, government administrators, former mujahideen members and activists.
The council has already received a lot of attention for including only nine women for the 46 people who are its members.