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War in Afghanistan imposed on both sides: Zaeef

War in Afghanistan imposed on both sides: Zaeef

Oct 27, 2016 - 19:56

KABUL (Pajhwok): Former Taliban official Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef on Thursday said the ongoing war in Afghanistan ‘has been imposed on both the warring sides -- the government and the Taliban.

Zaeef was addressing a gathering held in support of peace in capital Kabul.

On the war in Afghanistan, he said: “This war is a conspiracy, the Afghans should get united and foil this plot. This war has been enforced on all the sides (the government and the Taliban) in Afghanistan.”

Also a former envoy to Pakistan during Taliban regime, Zaeef said the only solution to rescue the country from the ongoing violence was peace.

“If one side wants to suppress the other, it will not work, if there is no interference from foreigners and Afghans jointly welcome peace, it will bring peace to Afghanistan,” he said.

He said despite billions of dollars spent by foreigners in Afghanistan, peace was far from being maintained and people were tired of the ongoing situation in the country.

Zaeef warned the situation in Afghanistan would get even worse if peace talks were not revived and did not yield any results.

Sayed Padshah Hussaini, head of Sadat Peace Council, which organized the meeting, said unity among people was the only effective way for maintaining of peace in the country.

He said called on all people to say no to the war in such a sensitive situation of the country and cooperate with the government in achieving peace and stability.