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23 more Nangarhar rebels join peace process

23 more Nangarhar rebels join peace process

Jun 23, 2015 - 16:42

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): At least 23 armed rebels, including two commanders, have joined peace committee, member of a peace committee said on Tuesday. 

Malak Nazir, head of peace committee, told Pajhwok Afghan News that 23 insurgents joined peace process who were earlier involved in ant-state activities in the area.

The militants, he said would renounce violence and work for nation and country building. The group has surrendered all their heavy and small weapons which were handed over to concerned authority, Nazir added.

Nangarhar Governor Salim Khan Kanduzi praised the decision of the armed group after joining the peace renouncing violence.

He said that the government would pay salaries to them for at least six months and later they would be provided with a source of income.

Zarin Khan, commander of the militants, said: “I had ten fighters under my command I brought six of them along with me. We were involved in anti-state activities and planting roadside bombs.”

He explained his main duties while serving as Talibaninfo-icon commander, “I was responsible to bring armed militants to safe areas who were crossing from Pakistaninfo-icon.”

Kitab Khan, another commander, said that he had faded up with war and fighting and he decided to join peace process. He urged government to provide them with security and source of living.

At least 587 armed rebels have joined the peace process in Nangarhar.



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