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‘Peace at the cost of past gains unacceptable’

‘Peace at the cost of past gains unacceptable’

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Sep 05, 2020 - 19:31

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Residents, civil societyinfo-icon activists and war victims in eastern Nangarhar province say they will accept peace which protects achievements of the past 18 years.

The views were expressed at a gathering titled “Peace Carpet” in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, on Saturday.

Local residents, civil activists, war victims, womeninfo-icon, students and ordinary people attended the event.

The participants called on the Talibaninfo-icon not to create hurdles to the peace process and both sides should pave the way for a lasting peace.

Nahzatullah Wadeer, organizer of the program, said the aim of the gathering was to voice the concerns of people, war victims, civil activists, athletes and people from other walks of life.

Arezo Sherzad, a civil activist, said the Afghans would not accept peace which was not durable or prevent women from their right to educationinfo-icon.

Mohammad Nazim, a disabled who attended the gathering, said disabilities, widowed women and orphaned children were the gifts of the war. He called on Taliban to stop the conflict as early as possible.

Samiullah Haqyar, a lecturer at Nangarhar University, said the Taliban should seize the opportunity of intra-Afghan talks.

Shabana Sherzad, a student of medical faculty, said first the Taliban should declare ceasefire and then pave the way for lasting peace.

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