16 militants lay down arms in Faryab
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A 16-mmeber militant group on Sunday joined the peace process and turned in weapons to authorities in northern Faryab province, an official said.
The group, including its leader named Amin Bag, had been active in Almar district. The surrendering men handed over 11 different types of weapons and explosives to officials, the governor's spokesman, Ahmad Javed Baidar, said.
Amin Bag said he joined insurgency due to his mistreatment at the hands of some powerful individuals in the district. However, he did not name any. The government should initiate development projects in the district, the rebel leader said.
The governor's spokesman said a vocational training centre was being established for surrendering elements who wound find work opportunities on development projects to be launched next Afghan year, which starts on March 21.
"If tribal elders and local officials provide guarantee to the government for these elements, they will be recruited into Afghan army and police," Baidar said.
The central government wanted to convince militants to join the peace process and give up insurgency, he said, adding about 110 opponents had so far renounced insurgency this solar year and a total 900 militants joined the process during the period in the north.
But militants joining the reconciliation programme say they would rejoin the Taliban if the government did not pay attention to their problems.
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