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Initiate peace talks with Taliban as well, Akbar tells govt

Initiate peace talks with Taliban as well, Akbar tells govt

May 17, 2016 - 20:30

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A former Talibaninfo-icon leader on Tuesday asked the government to initiate peace talks with the Taliban the way it entered with the Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA).

Syed Akbar Agha, a former high-ranking official during the Taliban regime, was addressing a gathering held to encourage people towards making efforts for peace in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province.

On the sidelines of the gathering at the Hazrat Ali Shrine, Akbar told Pajhwok Afghan News the gathering was aimed at assembling people to play their role in promoting peace.

He said intra-Afghan dialogue was the only option to bring peace to Afghanistan and all tribes, political groups, religious scholars and civil societyinfo-icon should play their part in this regard.

Akbar said he was ready to extend his cooperation to the ongoing peace talks between the government and the HIA.

The HIA’s reconciliation couldn’t bring complete peace to Afghanistan and the Taliban should also be given a chance, he believed.

He called on the government to increase its efforts at reviving the peace talks with other insurgent groups and asked people to support every attempt at achieving peace.


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