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Paktia residents: Nothing un-Islam in Constitution

Paktia residents: Nothing un-Islam in Constitution

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Aug 20, 2020 - 15:34

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Residents and members of tribal councils from seven districts of southeastern Paktia province on Thursday insisted on creation of a strong peace negotiation team, saying if given authority, they could help bring the government and the Talibaninfo-icon closer.

They expressed these views at the end of a four-day program conducted by the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) on “local governance, conflict resolution and People’s Support Program (PSP).

The participants said there was nothing against Islam in the country’s constitution, thus the war against Afghan security forces and creating hurdles to peace talks was illegitimate.

Haji Abdul Halim, a tribal elder from Mirzaki district, criticized civilians killing in nighttime operations and urged the local administrative to prevent such operations in future.

He said, “Unnecessary raids are being conducted on us, our district governor, commander and local council are never consulted in this regard, I’m not against raids and operations, but the operations should be accurate and coordinated.”

Mohammad Akram, another tribal elder from Zazi Aryub district, asked the government and the Taliban to release prisoners on both sides and remove hurdles to the peace process. He called on the warning parties to declare truce for creation of trust.

A number of other residents and tribal elders held similar views and urged the Afghan government and the Taliban to announce ceasefire to bring the ongoing four-decade of conflict to an end across the country.

Governor Mohammad Halim Fedai addressing the gathering said the Afghan government was committed to peace therefore it implemented all demands and suggestions from the people in this regard.

He promised to prevent nighttime raids and urged people to work for peace and social stability, obtain electronic ID cards and cooperate in implementation of various development projects in the province.

He also called on people to ask Taliban militants not to create hurdles against public utilities and projects in Paktia.

Pk/ma

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