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Big Kandahar huddle wants hurdles to peace removed

Big Kandahar huddle wants hurdles to peace removed

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Apr 25, 2019 - 18:57

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Thousands of residents of southern and eastern regions of the country during a large gathering in Kandahar province on Thursday announced their support for peace and asked the warring sides to cease hostilities.

The participants of the gathering in Kandahar City, the provincial capital, also stressed the important role of tribal councils in the peace process and asked the international community to remove problems facing peace in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

The event was organized at a private hall where people from Kandahar, Uruzgan, Zabul and Helmand provinces and from eastern region participated.

Influential figures, government officials, womeninfo-icon, Islamic scholars and hundreds of other people were among the attendees.

Haji Sayed Jan Khakrizwal, Kandahar provincial council head, in his speech to the gathering, said, “We want peace at any cost it needs.”

He said those doing jobs inside Afghanistan but their families staying abroad could not bring peace to the Afghans.

Haji Atta Jan Haqbayan, the provincial council head of Zabul province, voiced on political leaders of the country that the Afghans were tired of war and needed peace. “Creating problems for peace is not acceptable.”

He said those who created problems for peace in Afghanistan would have no place in the country’s history.

Mohammad Jan Safi, head of the provincial council head of Kunar province, said, “We urge the president not to miss the chance available for peace and remove problems facing it.”

Gul Agha Sherzai, tribal affairs minister, stressed the role of tribal jirgas in peace process and said the peace process in the past was led by figures who supported the war.

He also asked the international community to help remove obstacles to the peace process.

Haji Feda Mohammad Khan, a provincial council member of Kandahar, criticized Pakistaninfo-icon Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statements regarding establishment of an interim government in Afghanistan.

“If the US special envoy for Afghan reconciliation fails in his mission, Afghans on their own should take action and upraise for ending the ongoing conflict in the country”, he said.

Massoud Akhunzada, an influential figure of Kandahar, speaking to the event, said, “If war criminals like Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, Karim Khalii, Mohammad Mohaqiq and others can live in Afghanistan, Talibaninfo-icon leaders also can live here.”

A tribal elder, Mohammad Esa said defining red lines by warring sides in negotiations were creating problems for the peace process.

Many other participants of the gathering expressed their opinions and demanded a ceasefire and peace in the country.

The gathering also released a resolution letter containing 11 articles which called for ceasefire first and then peace talks.

The letter said the warring sides should avoid making negative propagandas against each other, political inmates should be released based on a public forgiveness, achievements of the past years be protected and the way for intra-Afghan dialogues paved. It said Kandahar leaders should be given role in peace dialogues.

A day earlier, a meeting about peace was held at the residence of Gul Agha Sherzai where people also asked for ceasefire and peace.

The Consultative Loya Jirgainfo-icon for peace is also expected to start from April 29 in Kabulinfo-icon where around 2,500 people would participate and talk about peace.

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