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Ghaznis urge Taliban to enter peace deal with Kabul

Ghaznis urge Taliban to enter peace deal with Kabul

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Apr 10, 2018 - 18:20

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Residents and a number of officials of southern Ghazni province on Tuesday called on the Talibaninfo-icon to enter a peace deal with the government.

Like Helmand and some other provinces, a number of Ghazni residents have been staging a sit-in over the past three days to urge all parties to the conflict to enter a dialogue.

Sitting in the peace tent, some local officials, tribal elders and residents on Tuesday recited verses from the holy Quraninfo-icon and then sacrificed a sheep and distributed the meat among poor people to seek divine help in bringing peace to the country.

Khalil Hottak, a tribal elder talking on behalf of other people in the tent, said that all people should join their hands for bringing peace to the country.

“Only neighboring countries such as Iran and Pakistaninfo-icon get benefit from the ongoing conflict in Afghanistaninfo-icon, so the Afghans should know and stop the war”, he said.

He said the peace tent in Ghazni would not be removed until lasting peace was ensured in the country.

Shah Mohammad, the High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC)’s provincial committee head, urged the Taliban to put their weapons on the ground and join with the government.

“I thank Ghazni people for their peace struggling for,” he said, asking religious scholars and tribal elders to mount pressure on the Taliban to accept peace.

Governor Abdul Karim Matin said the Taliban had no clear reason for continuing the conflict. “Taliban continue to unleash violence without any reason, I ask them to put the war to an end and reconcile with the government in order to see a secure and developed Afghanistan,” he said.

He said the Taliban should meet their demands including foreigners’ withdrawal, through negotiations.

Similar tents advocating peace have also been erected in Helmand, Kabulinfo-icon, Paktia, Khost, Nimroz, Farah, Kunar, Herat and other provinces.

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