80 insurgents join reconciliation process in Badghis
QALA-I-NAW (Pajhwok): Following efforts by the peace committee in northwestern Badghis province, 80militants haverenounced violence and joined the peace process, officials said on Tuesday.
Governor Mohammad Anwar Ishaqzai,addressing a ceremony inJwand district on Monday afternoon,hailed efforts by authorities, local elders and security officials for bringing seven groups of insurgents into the national mainstream.
The governor said the rebels who joined the reconciliation process had surrendered weapons and explosives to the security officials.
Rebel commander Mullah Mohammad Yousaf, said they were tired of fighting and had decided to renounceviolence.“We have laid down our weapons and renounced violence. We want local officials to give us police jobs.”
The governor accepted their demand and pledged to recruit the newly reconciled individuals into police ranks. He hoped they would work for strengthening security and reconstructing the country.
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