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HPC can’t bring peace, says Paktia governor

HPC can’t bring peace, says Paktia governor

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Sep 23, 2013 - 20:24

GARDEZ (PANinfo-icon): The High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) does not have the strength to make the ongoing reconciliation process a success, the governor of southeastern Paktia province claimed on Monday.

Addressing a gathering arranged by the HPC provincial chapter, Governor Juma Khan Hamdard said peace would continue to elude Afghanistaninfo-icon as long as the US and Pakistaninfo-icon did not lend their weight to the reconciliation drive.

But in the same breath, he told the meeting, attended by civil societyinfo-icon representatives, tribal elders and a large number of residents, that the peace body had made some small achievements.

A large number of militants had surrendered in different parts of the country and many prisoners freed as a result of HPC efforts, he acknowledged, explaining the steps had failed to restore peace.

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