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Lawmakers praise Helmand peace tents, vow support

Lawmakers praise Helmand peace tents, vow support

Apr 02, 2018 - 20:09

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Monday threw their weight behind what they called “a significant ongoing movement for peace” in southern Helmand province.

A number of youth, including womeninfo-icon, have erected tents over the past night days in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, to demand peace after a suicide attack killed 16 people and injured 55 others.

During the sit-ins, a number of protesters went on hunger strike four days back, with six ending in hospital after their condition deteriorated.

However, later religious scholars urged the protesters to end their hunger strike. The protest has been ongoing.

Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house members on Monday discussed the sit-ins Lashkargah and Nawa district in support of the peace process.

Wolesi Jirga member Nasratullah Sadiq Zada from central Daikundi province said those who want peace should support the sit-ins of Helmandis and strive to push the movement nation-wide.

Public representative from Kabul Jafar Mehdi also supported and commended the movement by Helmandis and urged all colleagues to support the rare move.

Mehdi hoped the sit-ins would help convince the Talibaninfo-icon to arrive at talks with the government because people were tired of the war.

Other members of the lower house also declared their support for the movement and urged such sit-ins to be held country-wide.

Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, while backing the movement by Helmandis, termed it a legitimate right of the Afghans, saying men and women in the tents were doing a commendable job.


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