Foreign fighters bar local Taliban from joining peace
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) in northeastern Badakhshan province on Monday revealed local Taliban were eager to join peace process but foreign fighters did not allow them to enter the peace negotiations.
Maulvi Abdul Wahid Tayebi, provincial peace council head, said more than 175 fighters have joined government-initiated peace process over the past year.
The group of these fighters had laid down their arms in Jurm, Wardoj, Yamgan, Tagab, Argo, Durayom and Yaftal-e-Bala districts and renounced violence, he added.
“We have taken practical steps in Jurm district. Some elders have come to the province and we will see what they can do to persuade more fighters to renounce violence,” he told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Tayebi said foreign fighters did not believe in peace and had their own agenda and were getting directions from regional countries.
He said unless the government did not resolve the issue with the regional countries it would be difficult to bring foreign fighters under control. “It’s the foreign fighters that do not let the local fighters to join peace process.”
Last week, acting Governor Shah Wali Adib said more than 250 foreign fighters and around 700 local insurgents were active in anti-state activities in the province.
He alleged the foreign fighters were primarily involved in the brutal killing and decapitating of Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers.
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