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All Afghans want peace, ceasefire, survey shows

All Afghans want peace, ceasefire, survey shows

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Jan 22, 2020 - 18:20

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A survey has found that all Afghans want peace as 60 percent of them are optimistic about peace and 40 percent pessimistic.

The survey conducted by Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Afghanistaninfo-icon Group of Policy by interviewing 600 people of different walks of life in Balkh, Bamyan, Kandahar, Nangarhar and Herat provinces in a period of two months.

The respondents were asked questions about peace and economic development, peace and neighbors, acceptance, security and educationinfo-icon and justice.

Mohammad Fahim Hashemi, coordinator of Afghanistan Group of Policy and head of Afghanistan’s National Journalists Union (ANJU), said that 60 percent of the respondents were optimistic about the ongoing peace talks while 40 percent said they had concerns on the regard.

About economic development, the participants urged uniform economic development across the country without political, tribal and regional discrimination.

The participants said seminary students only learnt religious education while they needed to learn general education in primary classes. They said religious education should be taught at higher educational institutes.

Hashemi said the respondents wanted ceasefire before any peace agreement for improving security and reduction in violence.

The respondents believed that accepting each others in the societyinfo-icon was important.

About justice for all Afghans, the participants said rights and citizenship values should not be victimized in peace talks and all parties in peace talls should be committed to citizenship rights such as justice.

Laila Jaafari, in charge of civil society coherence in State Ministry in Peace Affairs said, “Peace cannot be ensured by one person or achieve it with a few individuals.”

Sima Samar, president’s special representative on human rights and international relations affairs, said that despite no attention to the victims of war, but most people still supported peace.

She called fighting poverty after a possible peace in the country as important and said war will not stop if people were not given jobs and development.

In conclusion, the survey suggested that hearing public voices and suggestions in peace process could lead to stable and acceptable peace in the country.

Mds/ma

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