Body formed to ensure peace in Jawzjan
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): In an attempt to ensure peace, a rural peace advisory council has started work aimed at resolving tribal disputes and convincing insurgents to join peace process in northern Jawzjan province.
Some districts in the province such as Qosh Tapa and Darzab have witnessed a spike in insecurity in recent years.
People complain insurgents extort money and food from residents and sometimes kidnap passengers on Shiberghan--Sar-i-Pul highway for working with the government.
The advisory council has 500 members and has been launched by border and tribal affairs department in Shiberghan, the provincial capital.
The council comprises representatives from Shiberghan City and 50 surrounding villages.
Mirwais Abdali, director border and tribal affairs, said the council would help in resolving tribal issues and persuading insurgents to join peace.
“The council will focus more on rural problems. Apart from that I will also work towards establishing better relations between residents and the government,” he said.
Abdali added they were also looking to expand the council to districts.
Mohammad Yousuf, a local elder, said such councils would decrease pressure on government and could be effective in providing immediate counseling to people.
“If people stand united in such councils, they will stay away from conflict,” he added.
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