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22 militants join peace process in Badghis

22 militants join peace process in Badghis

Feb 21, 2011 - 16:36

QALA-I-NAW (PANinfo-icon): A senior Talibaninfo-icon commander and his 21 fighters surrendered in northwestern Badghis province on Monday, officials said.

The group, led by Movlwi Asfandyar, also gave up six machineguns, 10 Kalashnikovs and two rocket launchers in Qadis district, Badghis intelligence chief, Abdul Qayum, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Obeidullah Nayebzada, a tribal elder of Qadis district, said: “Movlawi Asfandyar surrendered after the counsellingof tribal elders.”

The surrendered commander had been involved in the insurgency for the past last three years in Jokhorak, Ashkam Para, Khairkhana and Qadis Khordak village, he said.

Asfandyar said they would no longer cooperate with the Taliban.

He said the tribal elders had played a significant role in the reconciliation. “I may have never joined the peace process without the guidance of the tribal elders,” he said.

Asfandyar urged the government to provide them with jobs or recruit them in to the police and to secure their areas.

Efforts are being made to encourage others to drop their cooperating with the Taliban and join the peace process.



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