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Taliban district chief gives up insurgency

Taliban district chief gives up insurgency

Sep 21, 2011 - 17:48

HERAT CITY (PANinfo-icon): The Talibaninfo-icon shadow chief for Kahsan district in western Herat province, shunned insurgency and joined the peace process along with nine associates, an official said on Wednesday.

The fighters were convinced to renounce violence with the help of tribal leaders and intelligence operatives, Governor Daud Shah Saba told reporters. Maulviinfo-icon Aminullah and his supporters also surrendered five weapons.

Aminullah told Pajhwok Afghan News they wanted to lead a peaceful life and were no longer interested in fighting.

"We were operating in accordance with instructions from the Quetta Shurainfo-icon of the Taliban movement, but now we have realised that fighting is useless."

Head of the regional branch of the High Peace Councilinfo-icon, Maulvi Ghulam Sarwar, said the drive would go on despite the assassination of Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani.

Registered with the peace council, members of the group were eligible for privileges from the council, he said, adding that a programme for cash and food assistance to surrendering fighters was launched a month back.

According to the programme, each commander would be paid about 30,000 afghanis ($620) and each fighter about 15,000 afs, he said.

As many as 350 fighters have joined the peace process since March 21, the governor said. He hoped the rest of the Taliban would also shun violence and return to a peaceful life.



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