‘Employment to pave the ground for peace’
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): “The government has no roadmap for achieving peace and has also failed to honour promises with reconciling militants as part of the peace process.”
This was echoed at a gathering marking World Peace Day in Shiberghan, the provincial capital of northern Jawzjan province.
Maulvi Abdul Hai Hayat, the provincial council head, told the gathering that as long as the government did not change its policies with regards to peace, war would not come to an end.
“People are tired of the war. Hundreds of youth are addicted to drugs and the major cause of this all is unemployment,” he said, adding that people had better job opportunities in the past.
Maulvi Hayat said Kazakhstan had promised to build five factories in Jawzjan, providing job opportunities for 5,000 people. He accused the government of negligence in implementing these projects.
Maulvi Mohammad Akram, the provincial peace committee chief, also voiced his concern about the lack of employment opportunities. He urged the government to pay utmost attention to this problem. “Employment can facilitate the implementation of peace programme.”
The provincial peace body says more than 700 insurgents have laid down their weapons in Jawzjan since 2010.
Maulvie Nimatullah, who reconciled with the government along with his 200 men in Darzab district, told the gathering some people gained a lot of money for claiming to be a bridge between the government and insurgents, but their work had no tangible results.
Saifullah Quyash, a Shiberghan resident, compared peace with oxygen for continuation of life, saying everyone’s contribution to the process was a must.
Another resident Azimullah Rahmanyar said: “We experienced the negative impacts of the war on our skin and flesh and know its negative consequences. We hope that the peace process has a positive outcome soon.”
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