Pajhwok-sponsored event on evaluating peace drive begins
KABUL (Pajhwok) Sponsored by Pajhwok Afghan News, a daylong conference on evaluating the reconciliation process got under way in Kabul on Sunday morning.
Political analysts, representatives of civil society groups and High peace council officials are attending the event at Safi Landmark. The speakers will throw light on recent developments.
The fate of peace parleys after Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death, proxy wars in Afghanistan and Kabul-Islamabad relations are the main topics for discussion.
Also on the agenda are issues like the High Peace Council’s role and armed opponents’ disenchantment with the reconciliation campaign.
In his opening remarks, Pajhwok’s Editor-in-Chief and Director Danish Karokhel his news agency had been covering happenings all across the country over the past 12 years, besides releasing analytical reports on Afghanistan’s political, economic and social landscape.
In an effort to establish itself as a credible media outlet, Pajhwok offers subscribers variegated information on a whole host of topics, including video, audio and photo services.
Over the past six months, he said, Pajhwok had been compiling information and material on the peace process with the assistance of the US Institute of Peace (USIP).
One overriding object behind the project is to convince people to join hands within the framework of the reconciliation drive for Afghanistan’s stability and preventing further bloodshed.
Pajhwok Afghan News had also created a special website carrying comprehensive analytical reports, features on dispute resolution, interviews, writings on peace from the Islamic perspective, he said.
Danish added that sharing people’s views, poems, speeches, messages, resolutions, audio services, pictures, caricatures, books, profiles of militant groups, peace heroes and civil society’s struggle for reconciliation were other highlights of the website.
He said 65 Pajhwok journalists had filed special reports about dispute resolution in all parts of Afghanistan and ascertained the views of 350 people about peace.In addition to covering elections and mining projects, Pajhwok is also workingto promote peace journalism, having trained five reporters on the subject.
Danish said Pajhwok reporters comprehensively covered the emotive issue of civilian casualties by reaching out to families of victims. Their views on the need for harmony help promote social cohesion
“It is important to realise our sisters and mothers are the worst-affected segment by war and they are in greater need of peace and stability. Therefore, we prioritise their views in interviews and reports and share them with relevant officials,” Danish explained.
Karokhel believed women’s calls and suggestions for strengthening peace were the most genuine voices, whose implementation would boost the reconciliation drive significantly.
He added Pajhwok, in coordination with civil society organisations, had been in an all-out push to help enforce peace and safeguard women’s rights in Afghanistan. The agency is doing a good job of according due coverage to civil society announcements and activities.
Pajhwok also releases public surveys to share people’s views on the peace process with the Afghan government and the international community. Karokhel thanked USIP for cooperating with Pajhwok in preparation of comprehensive reports on the subject.
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