Insurgents’ group joins peace process in Nangarhar
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Salim Khan Kunduzi, the governor of eastern Nangarhar province, on Monday asked militants to join the government-initiated peace process and shun violence in larger interest of the country.
He expressed these views after a 16-member militant group joined peace and renounced violence.
He said a group of militants headed by leading commander renounced violence and pledged to refrain from anti-state activities.
The government urged the officials of peace process to expedite their efforts to woo more insurgents to join peace.
“My message is that violence should be ended. I don’t want more mothers and sisters lose their near and dear ones,” he added.
Malik Nazir, director High Peace Council (HPC), said the new militants group that joined the peace process was hailing from Shinwari districts and was earlier involved in attacks on government installations in the area.
“The members of the group have surrendered their weapons and pledged not to take part in anti-state activities,” he added.
Aimal Jan, the head of the militants’ group, told Pajhwok Afghan News that they had hands in attacks in parts of Momandara district.
“We had carried out activities on Torkham road. We used to target Afghan and foreign security forces’ vehicles on the highway and plant roadside bombs. We have now realized that we had committed great disservice to our nation and country,” he recalled.
“We were being supported by Pakistan and they were inciting us to fight,” he recalled. A total of 568 insurgents have joined peace process in Nangarhar province, the HPC added.
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