20 rebels join peace process in Nangarhar
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): As many as 20 Taliban, including two commanders, have renounced violence and joined the government-initiated peace process in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Sunday.
Speaking at a gathering, the Peace Committee Chairman Haji Malak Nazir said the group was earlier involved in insurgent activities in the Achin, Nazyan, Batikot and other districts of the province.
He said the government would take necessary steps for the rehabilitation of those who returned to normal life and renounce violence.
Deputy Governor Mohammad Hanif Gardiwal called on other insurgents to shun violence and join peace.
Former insurgents’ commander Amjad Shinwari said their armed struggle against the government was as a result of their ignorance. He pledged to encourage other rebels to join the peace process in larger national interests.
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