Herat cycling duo set off on peace journey to Kabul
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Two cyclists on Saturday started their journey from western Herat province to central capital Kabul to spread the message of peace.
The two --- Shahriar Nizami, 23, and Abdul Ghafor, 62 – started pedaling towards Kabul to convey a peace message to the government and the Taliban.
Shahriar said they aimed to spread and convey the peace message to civilians and government officials in provinces they would pass.
“I and my mate want to spread the peace message by riding bicycles and to show all Afghans are able to travel to every part of our country”, he said.
They started the journey to carry a message of peace for Taliban to shun violence and come to the peace talks, he said. He said they would reach Kabul in 20 to 25 days if no untoward incident happened,
Shahriar Nizami said after the journey came to an end, they would travel to western provinces and then to central Asian countries as well with the message of peace and friendship.
Abdul Ghafor said: “I consider spreading the peace message as my moral duty”. While stressing the importance of security, Ghafor said all civilians should take part in achieving peace across Afghanistan.
He asked the unity government to accept reasonable demands of the Taliban for the sake of bringing to a halt the fighting.
He said they had conducted a similar journey four years ago and the 12-member cyclist team covered 13 kilometers from Herat City to Tehran in 16 days.
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