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Jalalabad gathering underlines need for durable peace in the country

Jalalabad gathering underlines need for durable peace in the country

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Jun 17, 2018 - 19:08

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Ulemainfo-icon, local officials and the people of eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday asked the Talibaninfo-icon to extend the ceasefire and encouraged the group to peace talks with the government.

Fresh demands for peace and truce came during a joint government and Taliban gathering in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, which was organized on the mediation of local people and ulema.

Around 1,000 people, including the Taliban leaders from three Nangarhar districts and local civil and military officials, participated in the gathering.

Representing the ulema, Maulviinfo-icon Daud Mujahid asked the Taliban to extend the ceasefire and agree to peace talks because peace was an order from Allah.

“All ulma in Nangarhar wants the Taliban to join peace talks,” he added.

Lawmaker Farydon Momand also demanded extension in ceasefire and said it was the first time in the history of the country that both government and the Taliban agreed to the ceasefire.

Governor Hayatullah Hayat said “being a powerful envoy of the president I can assure you that no government troop would initiate the gun fire and asked the Taliban to honour the ceasefire as well.”

Hayat said during his 44 years of age it was the first Eid which he witnessed in peaceful environmentinfo-icon.

The Taliban leaders also stressed on peace but on the bases of Islamic and Sharia principles.

Taliban representative Maulvi Naseemullah Rahmani said: “From the Taliban Leader Mauliv Habatullah till an ordinary fighter all want peace and they dream it but peace should in in the framework of Islam.”

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