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40 militants join peace process in Sar-i-Pul

40 militants join peace process in Sar-i-Pul

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Mar 12, 2011 - 13:37

SAR-I-PUL (PANinfo-icon): Forty Talibaninfo-icon fighters, including two commanders, have joined the peace process in northern Sar-i-Pul province, officials said on Saturday.

Led by commanders Akramuddin and Gulbuddin, the group operated against the government in the provincial capital, the police chief said.

The fighters surrendered 12 weapons and a walkie-talkie, Brig. Gen. Asadullah Sherzad told Pajhwok Afghan News. He urged other militants to follow suit.

Akramuddin said: "We didn't really oppose the government. In fact, the Taliban came to our area from other places and started harassing the people. We took up arms a year back to defend our area."

The second commander, Gulbuddin, said: "I'm glad to have shunned the insurgency and want the government to launch development projects in our area."

Without holding out any specific promise, Governor Sayed Anwar Rahmati said they would launch development projects with the help of NGOs.

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