1,000 militants pledged to join govt-initiated peace: Dostum
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum said on Wednesday around 1,000 militants had pledged to shun violence and join the government-initiated peace process today.
Dostum had been spearheading anti-militants campaign in western Faryab province for the last three weeks to purge the area of anti-state elements.
Talking to journalists in Ghormach district of the province, Dostum said that a number of localities, including Khwajakitni and Hazar Kala areas, the vital Qaisar-Ghormach highway had been cleared.
The Qaisar-Ghormach highway was closed for six months for traffic, he said, adding the current fight was being fought with Pakistani intelligence.
“Some Pakistani military generals have been killed in Farah firefight. If Faryab security is improved then it will resolve a number of problems to Kunduz province,” he remarked.
At least 1,000 rebels who were active in Pashtoonkot, Dawlatabad, Almar, Qaisar, Ghormach and Balamarghab districts, have no decided to join the government-initiated peace process.
“The militants pledge to surrender their weapons and join the peace process in two phases,” he remarked.
He urged Pashtuns’ elders to extend their support to the security forces. He said: “The closed schools for your child will be opened and the road construction which has been delayed for years will be initiated soon after you extend your support to security forces to purge the area of militants.”
Gen. Dostum assured residents and members of uprising group to be part of security forces.
Security force personnel on condition of anonymity said that military search operation had been initiated in several areas and 35 armed militants including Pakistani Generals and Uzbeks had been killed and dozens others wounded in the operation.
Security forces had defused 20 land mines during the military operation.
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