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89-member insurgent group joins peace process in Ghor

89-member insurgent group joins peace process in Ghor

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Dec 27, 2015 - 17:00

FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): An 89-member group of militants jointed the Afghan-led peace process in the western province of Ghorinfo-icon, officials said on Sunday.

Led by Mullahinfo-icon Arif in Dolina district,the insurgents handed over 80 weapons, including machineguns, Kalashnikovs and 50 mines, to the government.

Over the past two years, he had been active against the government due to security problems and legal issues, but the situation had been rectified, Mullah Arif said.

Hoping the government would take necessary steps for their welfare, Arif said he had realised the insurgency was being fuelled by Pakistani intelligence.

Pakistani spies were trying to pit the Afghansagainst each other, he alleged, saying that was why he joined the peace process.

Governor Ghulam Nasir Khazi told the gathering the government welcomed all fighters to join the reconciliation drive. He urged militants to lay down their weapons.

The surrendering groupparted ways with Talibaninfo-icon-designated governor Maulviinfo-icon Abdul Khaliq and commander Mullah Rahmatullah Hijrat.

National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) head Gen. Mohammad Hanif Nuristani hoped the group’s surrender would help improve security in Dolina.

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