Stop violence that kills Muslims, Ghani tells Taliban
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday said the Afghans wanted to develop their country and improve their situation, but war has been imposed on them.
This he said in a message read out at a two-day “Regional Symposium on Roadmap to Peace” that began in Kabul.
The event, organised by a network of civil society groups with support from the Equality for Peace and Democracy (EPD), was attended by civil society members from Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, China and Turkey, and government officials and representatives from various organizations.
“The Afghans have the intention to improve and develop, but war is imposed on us. The security forces of Afghanistan have a strong intention to protect the people and their properties and not to let terrorists impose their ideas on people,” the president said in his message.
He renewed his government’s call for all Taliban groups as well as other armed oppositions not to miss the chance and join the peace process. “We urge them to abandon this senseless violence that kills innocent Muslims.”
The president said the Afghan government supported regional efforts at achieving peace and the struggle of civil society organizations in this regard.
Deputy Foreign Minister Hikmat Khalil Karzai said Pakistan did not implement its promises made during the Quadrilateral Coordination Groups (QCG) meetings, adding that Afghanistan principle policy is fight against militancy.
He said according to the agreement of last QCG meeting Pakistan was supposed to arrange direct talks between the Afghan government and representatives of Afghan insurgents groups in the first week of March, but no step had been taken in this regard as yet.
He said if effort to restore peace talk was not succeeded than Afghan government would follow its principle policy to fight the insurgent groups and wipe them out.
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