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Helmandis too stage protest against ‘Khalid, Al Fatah’ offensives

Helmandis too stage protest against ‘Khalid, Al Fatah’ offensives

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Apr 21, 2019 - 19:29

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Like the people of other provinces, residents and the People Peace Movement members on Sunday staged a protest demonstration against the government’s and the Talibaninfo-icon’s spring offensives in southern Helmand province.

The two warring sides – the government and the Taliban – have recently announced their spring offensives --- Khalid and Al Fatah respectively.

The residents and peace activists demonstrated in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, and demanded the warring sides cease their offensives.

One of the protestors and member of the Peace Movement, Qais Hashmi, told Pajhwok that Khalid and Al Fatah operations were meant to kill ordinary people.

“A large number of common people were killed and wounded within weeks of these offensives,” he said, asking the government and the Taliban to choose the path of peace, which he said was the demand of all people.

Another protestor, Muladad, said the continued conflict had confronted the people with countless miseries. “The war has snatched everything from us, we don’t accept Khalid and Al Fatah offensives, we want ceasefire.”

Bibi Gul, a female participant of the protest rally, said she had lost several relatives to the conflict over the past few years. “I don’t want the war, I want peace. There should be a ceasefire and peace,” she demanded.

Other participants expressed similar views and urged the government and the Taliban to arrive at peace talks.

Similar protests have been carried out in other provinces. In eastern Nangarhar province, the People’s Peace Movement (PPM) on Saturday held a protest against the government’s ‘Khalid’ and Taliban ‘Al-Fatah’ spring offensives and called them dangerous messages for the Afghan people.

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