ANP leader asked Taliban to shun violence, embrace peace
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s Awami National Party (ANP) members on Thursday urged Taliban militants to shun killing people and violent activities and instead arrive at the negotiating table with the Afghan government.
This was stated by ANP leader Arbab Mohammad Tahir Khan Khalil, who led a delegation to observe the 28th death anniversary of Khan Abdul Ghafar Khan in Jalalabad city, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province.
Tahir, along with other ANP members, met a number of Nangarhar local officials and academics and discussed with them Bacha Khan’s life-long struggle for the unity of Pashtuns and his achievements and laid floral wreaths on the tomb of the freedom fighter and proponent of non-violence, more commonly known as Bacha Khan.
“We appreciate President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s call on Taliban to join the peace process. We want the militants to lay down their weapons and negotiate peace with the government,” he said.
He said militants had killed Pashtons in Afghanistan and Pakistan and were widowing their women and orphaning their children. The militants would never achieve their goals by engaging in violent acts, Tahir added.
He urged the Pashtuns to follow Bacha Khan’s philosophy and take a nonviolent position.
Nangarhar Governor Salim Khan Kunduzi, who attended the event, presented President Ghani’s message about Bacha Khan’s efforts.
“Bacha Khan wanted us to get education, thanks to God, hundred thousands of Afghan children today attend school,” Ghani said in his message.
Kunduzi, addressing the Pashtons on both sides of the Durand Line, said: “My children and my elders are being killed and targeted on both sides of the border.”
He condemned the attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda and extended his condolences to the bereaved families. He said only condemnation of such inhuman attack would not bear results, but practical action was needed to prevent such tragedies.
Nangarhar University Chancellor Babrak Miakhil, also a number of culturists and writers association, also talked about Bacha Khan’s movement and called him a nonviolent leader.
Bacha Khan’s mausoleum is constructed on five acres of land in Jalalabad city. Local officials say 60 percent of the mausoleum’s construction has been completed.
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