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41 militants join peace process in Kunar

41 militants join peace process in Kunar

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Jun 09, 2015 - 21:57

ASADABAD (Pajhwok): As many as 41 militants, including four commanders, joined the peace process in eastern Kunar province on Tuesday, the provincial governor said.

Wahidullah Kalimzai told Pajhwok Afghan News the group had been active in Sawkai, Nari, Chapa Dara, Shaigal, Nurgal and Sirkani districts.

The former insurgents dropped their weapons and joined the peace process thanks to continued efforts by local elders and the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) operatives, he added

Kalimzai said around 419 armed rebels had so far given up violence and turned in around 335 guns in Kunar.  “We will try to protect their lives and find jobs for them so that our others disgruntled brothers should also join the peace process,” he said.

The four commanders included Khair Mohammad, who had been associated with the Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA).

He told Pajhwok Afghan News his group had been operating against the government in Chapa Dara district. “The outsiders had motivated us to pick up the guns. Now we have realised the war in our country is dictated by others.” Khair Mohammad vowed to play his role in Afghanistan’s rehabilitation.

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