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12 Nangarhar militants join peace process

12 Nangarhar militants join peace process

Jul 05, 2015 - 15:50

JALALABAD/MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): At least 12 militants as well as their commanders joined peace process on Sunday in eastern Nangarhar.

Malak Nazir, Nangarhar peace committee chairman, told Pajhwok Afghan News a 12 member group who was involved in anti-state activities had joined peace committee.

The group’s members had also surrendered their heavy and small weapons to the committee members, he said, adding “Mirza Khan, a dreaded Talibaninfo-icon commander, and his group was active in Lalpoor, Nazyan and Ghani Khail districts and had strong links with militants in Kunar.”

Mirza Khan, a Taliban commander, said: “I was commander of 11 member groups and we were involved in anti-state activities in Shinwari area. We are now fed up of war and want to join peace process.”

He asked government to provide them job opportunities to take part in nation and country’s building.

The chairman said the committee would pay 8,000 Afghanis a month for six months to each person and later “we would help them to find permanent source of income.”

At least 605 armed rebels have joined peace committee so far in the province.

Meanwhile, Mustafa Wardak, chairman of Maidan Wardak peace committee, said that at least 31 armed militants have joined the peace committee in last three years. 

The peace committee had been striving to create awareness among militants to convince them to join peace process, Mustafa said, adding the committee helped release at least 59 other militants who were dubbed as hardcore rebels.

Maidan Wardak Governor Hayataullah Hayat praised the efforts of peace committee and directed the committee to step up its efforts to ensure durable peace in the area.



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