Taliban urged to prevent bloodshed by joining peace process
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Officials and former jihadi leaders in eastern Nangarhar province on Monday asked the Taliban to stop shedding the blood of Afghans as part of a planned war against the people and system of their country.
These views were expressed a gathering in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, marking the 27th anniversary of former Soviet Union’s troops withdrawal from Afghanistan
Nangarhar Governor Salim Khan Kunduzi said today 27 years ago the mujahid Afghan nation with their continued jihad compelled the Soviets to leave Afghanistan.
He congratulated the people of Afghanistan, particularly the mujahideen of Nangarhar, on celebrating the historic day, saying it was a matter of pride that the heroism, jihad and campaign of the Afghan people had put their country on the path to development in various fields.
“I should say with sorrow that 27 years after, we are commemorating the day when the planned war waged by the enemies of freedom, peace and prosperity against the people and the government of Afghanistan is ongoing.”
But in this moment of chaos, the governor said he was proud of the sons of the soil who were joining the country’s defense and security forces to resist the planned war and they had brought the enemy to the verge of defeat.
Similarly former jihadi leader and tribal elder Muallim Abdul Wali said Afghanistan’s history was full of heroism the Afghans showed against foreign invaders and defeated them.
He said the world had been thinking that Afghanistan would not be able to free itself from the red army, but they defeated the Russians at the cost of their lives and blood.
Maulvi Hamidullah Sadeqi, head of the Ulema Council for the eastern zone, recalling the jihad against the Soviets, said millions of Afghans embraced martyrdom and left their homes and migrated to other countries to preserve their country’s independence, protect the soil and to please God.
Nangarhar peace committee head and tribal elder Haji Malak Nazir said the withdrawal of Russian troops from Afghanistan brought independence to the country for a second time after Ghazi Amanullah Khan.
He called the Taliban as “brothers” and urged them to abandon the planned war and prevent bloodshed by joining the peace process.
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