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Residents of 9 Paktika districts ask Taliban to join truce

Residents of 9 Paktika districts ask Taliban to join truce

Jun 24, 2018 - 18:38

SHARANA (Pajhwok): Residents of nine districts in southern Paktika province on Sunday held a peaceful rally, asking the Talibaninfo-icon to accept their request for renewing ceasefire and paving the ground for peace negotiations.

Tribal elders, religious scholars, youth and common people from the nine districts gathered in the center of Argon district with banners in their hands.

Mualvi Saidullah, an Islamic scholar who attended the gathering, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the ongoing conflict in Afghanistaninfo-icon had confronted people with many economic, cultural and other social problems.

“Peace should be ensured at any cost because only Afghans lives are sacrificed while advantages go to others,” he said.

Ghulam Shah, an elderly man who joined the rally, said: “People from nine districts of Paktika have gathered in Argon district and we ask the Taliban to announce ceasefire and pave the ground for peace talks.”

He said the Afghans were tired of war and all demanded peace.

Wakil Aziz, a provincial council member, said the rally participants would also visit Taliban and talk with them about peace.

“War is disaster, it causes poverty and destroys the nation, Afghans are faced with all these problems,” he said.

Yaqob Khan Manzoor, a civil societyinfo-icon activist, said the government, the Taliban, the public and all Afghans wanted peace and only a national movement was needed to make the demand a reality.

“Residents of the nine districts would go to Sharana, capital of Paktika tomorrow (Monday), they will start a movement across the whole southeastern zone, they will visit Taliban centers and urge direct talks between the Taliban and the government,” he added.

The rally also tasked a 100-member committee with talking to the Taliban and the number of its members would be doubled upon reaching Sharana before starting their journey to Paktia province.


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