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Start peace talks not fighting season: Paktia women

Start peace talks not fighting season: Paktia women

Apr 04, 2019 - 19:47

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Optimistic about peace this new solar yearinfo-icon, a number of womeninfo-icon in southeastern Paktia province have urged the government and the Talibaninfo-icon to enter direct talks on a political settlement instead of waging the new fighting season.

The women expressed these views during a peace conference attended by a large number of women in Gardez, the provincial capital, on Thursday.

Deputy governor for social and culture affairs Zuhra Ahmadzai called on the conference participants to encourage their sons to play their part in social stability affected by the ongoing conflict.

“Your are the real heirs of Afghanistaninfo-icon, you have raised these sons who are mujahideeninfo-icon, religious scholars, doctors, engineers and security personnel. They should give us our rights to educationinfo-icon, work, nikah, inheritance and other Islamic rights.”

Paktia University teacher Dr. Naz Dana Paktiawal said women were the worst sufferers of the war and the militants should stop violence to relieve women of their dire situation.

Paktiawal expressed the hope that the Taliban were no longer as extremists as they had been in the past and if they reconciled, they would respect women’s rights.

“I believe the Taliban will reconcile and return to their homes to participate in their country’s rebuilding. They would not bear the old harsh ideas in their mind and would allow women to work and get education.”

However, Paktia women’s affairs director Nasrim Oryakhel said all the Afghans including women were concerned about the behind closed doors peace talks and they wanted to know all details.

She said the two women selected as members of the government peace negotiating team were from Kabulinfo-icon and they did not know about women’s problems in districts.

She suggested women should be selected on zonal and district levels for taking part in peace talks with the insurgents.



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