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Baghlan activists stop Kabul journey halfway

Baghlan activists stop Kabul journey halfway

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Jul 01, 2018 - 18:37

PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): The ten-member group of peace activists, who started their foot journey from the capital of northern Baghlan province to Kabulinfo-icon, returned home halfway on Sunday.

The activists embarked on the foot journey from Pul-i-Khumri carrying banners inscribed with pro-peace slogans to Kabul on Saturday, but returned homes halfway after being approached by tribal elders.

Mohammad Ismail, one of the walk organizers, told Pajhwok Afghan News that they wanted to go Kabul on foot but tribal elders urged them to go back home.

According to him, the elders told them they might confront the Talibaninfo-icon on the way and it would be better to return home.

However, Sher Mohammad Zamankhel, a tribal elder, told Pajhwok the youth started their journey at ‘an unsuitable time’ and thus they were asked to return.

He said after consulting Kabul-based friends on the issue, they reached the decision that the youth should return and start a new movement involving tribal elders. He denied if the youth had been threatened by the Taliban.

Baghlan police spokesman Zabihullah Shuja told Pajhwok that the Taliban had been active on the highway but not to the extent that they could stop people’s movement.

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