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Come to negotiating table, Helmand governor asks Taliban

Come to negotiating table, Helmand governor asks Taliban

Jan 31, 2016 - 15:41

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Helmand governor on Sunday called on Talibaninfo-icon to shun violence and return to normal life by joining the government-led reconciliation process.

At a press conference, Governor Mirza Khan Rahimiclaimed all security-related issues had been resolved as a result of efforts by the central government to scuttle Taliban’s plans.

The local forces were ready to implement security plans, he said, adding resources,including weapons, equipment and intelligence facilities had been made available to law-enforcement agencies.

With the government payinggreater attention to the peace process than the war, the governor called on the fighters to shun violence and come to the negotiating table.

Peace was possible, he believed, if the armed opposition acknowledged that mostly civilians were being affected by the conflict.

Regarding the appointing of Abdul Jabbar Qahraman as operational commander for Helmand province, Rahimi hailed the president for taking what he called a wise decision.



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