850 militants provided with jobs after shunning violence
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Officials of peace committee in western Herat province on Saturday claimed as many as 850 Taliban fighters had been provided with jobs after they joined the government-initiated peace process.
Maulvi Ghulam Sarwar, head of the peace committee, said the peace office was established in 2012 and since its inception, almost 856 Taliban who fought in 92 different groups had joined the reconciliation.
He said up till now 1,188 people contacted them posing themselves as Taliban but after investigations the peace committee found only 340 of them proved to be Taliban fighters.
Most of the surrendered Taliban were provided with work opportunities in as many as 500 development projects, he said, adding peace committee did not make false promises.
He said previously the cash packages program was for three months but in the future the peace committee would give 13,000 to each Taliban commander and 8,000 to each fighter for six months after joining the peace process.
The officials said all the fighters who joined the peace process had been provided with work opportunities in development projects or introduced to the government institutions.
Abdul Rahman, a former Taliban commander, joined the peace process two years ago and expressed satisfaction after renouncing violence.
“We had a painful life earlier and could not live with our families. After returning to the peace process, we came to know how beautiful life is.”
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