Hundreds of rebels join peace process in Faryab
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Janbish-i-Milli Islami (JMI) party led by first vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum has said that hundreds of militants have joined peace process in northwestern Faryab province.
JMI deputy head Massoud Ahmad Massoud said around 400 militants have joined peace process in Almar district of Faryab. He said Khwaja Gawhar bazaar which was a hub for drugs business and weapons along with tens of villages were captured by Afghan security forces.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News that 300 of the militants from Pashtun tribe after mediation by Khan Agha, a local influential individual, had shunned insurgency and joined peace process.
Another 80 militants were joined along after surrendering their weapons today by mediation of another influential leader, he said.
Massoud added that Afghan forces led by Gen. Ghulam Haidar, deputy chief of 209th Shahin Military Corps, launched an operation and cleared areas from Aqina port to Ghormach district of militants.
He said that Taliban’s shadow governor Salahuddin along with his supporters were forced to flee the area.
Almar district chief Mohammad Saleh Saleh said that notorious Taliban commanders Khudai Rahm and Mullah Niamatullah were among those who joined the government-initiated peace process.
He said security situation would improve in several areas of the province with the reconciliation of militants.
However, provincial HPC director Maulvi Asadullah Jamali said that a number of rebels who joined the peace process were still equipped with weapons which was a matter of concern.
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