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Don't implore fighters, Karzai urged

Don't implore fighters, Karzai urged

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Mar 10, 2011 - 17:54

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PANinfo-icon): Negotiations with insurgents are good for bringing peace to Afghanistaninfo-icon, but the Karzai government should not implore fighters, an official said on Thursday.

At a gathering on the 16th death anniversary of Abdul Ali Mazari, the Wahdat (Unity) party leader who was killed by the Talibaninfo-icon in 1995, a parliamentarian Mohammad Mohaqiq, identified insecurity as Afghanistan's main problem.

While supporting President Hamid Karzai's peace initiative, the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon member asked the government to clarify its policy on talks with the fighters.

Mohaqiq referred to the Pashtoinfo-icon proverb: "Two melons cannot be held in one hand," meaning the rulers should either join the Taliban or those who are rebuilding the country.

Balkh Governor Ata Mohammad Noor, who also attended the event, said peace talks were the only way to solve Afghanistan's problems.

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