Peace talks on Helmand level launched: Qahraman
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): President’s special representative for security of southern Helmand province on Sunday said they had initiated peace talks with Taliban militants at the provincial level and the parlays had produced “good results” as well.
Abdul Jabbar Qaharman told a press conference in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, that they had recently launched negotiations with the insurgents on the provincial level.
“We have reached the conclusion that war is not a solution and this is why we have begun talks with the armed opposition and many Taliban had voluntarily gone off the battlefields,” he said, adding the talks were held with group leaders and field commanders of the Taliban.
Qahraman said he had exclusive meetings with 4,500 individuals who were now assisting them in ending the conflict.
“Now we are implementing two policies. First we will convince the opponents through dialogue to shun violence and second we will reorganize our security apparatus and will try to establish a better management.”
Qahraman said there had been a huge gap between the government and the people in the past and the insurgents had fully capitalized on the opportunity.
To a question, he said no deal was going to be struck on Helmand and nothing as such had been discussed with anyone, but fruitful talks with religious scholars, tribal elders and jihadi figures on ending the conflict had been held.
He said security threats in Helmand were on the decrease, but the conflict in the province was an intelligence one and needed a prolonged campaign.
Qahraman was speaking about a decrease in violence in Helmand a day after Taliban militants captured a huge security camp in Faizan area between Greshk and Musa Qala districts.
Yesterday, US and NATO forces top commander in Afghanistan John Campbell also said the Taliban had seized tanks and other equipment from the camp. But Qahraman said the Taliban had seized nothing from the camp.
Clashes in many districts and on the outskirts of the provincial capital are underway between security forces and Taliban militants who control Baghran, Deshu, Musa Qala and Nawzad districts.
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