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Hundreds gather in Paktika to demand peace, end to war

23 Feb 2019 Pajhwok Afghan News

SHARANA (Pajhwok): Hundreds of residents of the Barmal district of southern Paktika province on Thursday held a gathering to voice their support for the ongoing peace efforts, but said the talks should be between the Afghans only.

Osman Khan, a tribal elder who addressed the gathering, said the Afghans were tired of the war and they wanted peace in their country.

He asked the warring sides to cease fighting and pave the ground for intra-Afghan peace talks.

Another tribal elder, Gul Shiwa Khan, said the Taliban should talk with the Afghan government instead of the US, if they loved their country.

“The the Afghan government is main party to the conflict, so the Taliban should talk with the government for ending this conflict,” he said.

An organizer of the gathering, Ali Mohammad Nazari, also said every Afghan was longing for peace and the Taliban should talk with the Afghan government and reach an agreement without the involvement of a third party.

A civil society activist, Abdul Haq Faqirzada, said that Afghans were killed for years under different excuses, but the war never ended and no side won it.

“We should end the killing of brothers, peace is a divine order. The Taliban should lay down their weapons and join peace negotiations,” he said.

The gathering in Paktika comes amid increased efforts and contacts between the US and the Taliban to reach a political settlement in Afghanistan.

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Original Link: https://www.pajhwok.com/en/2019/01/17/hundreds-gather-paktika-demand-peace-end-war

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