Time is ripe for durable peace in Afghanistan: HPC
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Saturday called the demise of Taliban's supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid as an opportunity to ensure peace and stability in the war-torn country.
Speaking to reporters, Abdul Hakim Mujahid, HPC acting head, asked the government to make use of the situation and push for stepping up the peace negotiations with Taliban.
On Thursday, the Taliban on confirmed the death of their leader but did not say when or where he died. Omar's health deteriorated in the last two weeks and not for a single day did he go to Pakistan, they said.
Mujahid asked the government to respond positively to the group’s demand and both side should remain loyal to the terms and conditions they had agreed upon. He said Taliban leadership had passed the critical time successfully and they emerged more matured and experienced.
Another HPC member Maulvi Peer Mohammad Rohani said he and the Taliban leader had fought against foreigners together and asked Allah to rest his soul in eternal peace.
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