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Helmand youth erect tent in support of peace process

Helmand youth erect tent in support of peace process

Mar 25, 2018 - 15:21

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A number of youth in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, have erected a tent, asking the Talibaninfo-icon to join the peace process.

The tent was erectedin a Lashkargah locality where a suicide attack killed 16 people and injured 55 others late on Friday.

Qais Hashimi, organisor of the protest camp, and his two small sons sat in the tent.Later on, more people joined them in pushing the militants to accept President Ashraf Ghani’s offer.

Hashimi told Pajhwok Afghan News no one from his family was killed in Friday’s attack but he had raised the tent for justice.

“My mother has given me money for erecting the tent. I have also brought my two sons, less than eight years of age. We will continue our protest for peace until we are assured of it,” he remarked.

He lamented people even could not go to mosques for offering prayers or attend funeral ceremonies due to insecurity and attacks. This problem needs to be resolved immediately.

Pacha Khan Mawladad, another protestor, said their protest was an apolitical move.“In case of need, we will go to Taliban’s houses andask them to join peace talks,” he said.

The young man, who has attended five funeral ceremonies including three for children, said: “I want the Taliban to show mercy to the nation and join the peace process and then outline their demands.”

Dr. Mohammad DaudDarman, another participant, said: “We are not safe anywhere. We are targeted inside mosques, funeral ceremonies and picnics. We don’t know our sins. What do these attacks want?”

He said if the Taliban killed civilians then they could target their tentas well. The camp is not guarded by anyone.People have repeatedly stressed peace movements over the past several years, but without any results.

An unstable province where the Taliban control six districts, Helmand has been the scene of fighting over the past few years.


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