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Mediate between warring parties, Agha asks nation

Mediate between warring parties, Agha asks nation

Mar 13, 2017 - 23:20

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Peace would continue to elude Afghanistan until the Afghan nation mediates between the warring parties, a former Taliban official said on Monday.

Syed Akbar Agha, also the head of Afghanistan Salvation Council, said this while addressing tribal elders and influential figures from eastern provinces in the capital of Nangarhar province, Jalalabad.

He said the council had created big representative bodies in Nangarhar, Kabul, Heart, Balkh and Kandahar provinces and small bodies in other provinces to collect people’s views about peace.

He said only an intra-Afghan dialogue could help end the conflict and he had launched efforts in this regard.

Without going into details, Agha said the Afghan government had talked to militant group particularly to the Taliban and there had been positive indications from all the sides.

Maulvi Shamal Khan, head of the salvation council for the eastern zone, said he had held talks with a large number of tribal elders in the zone on advancing the peace process.  He said the elders had assured him of their full cooperation.

He said peace could come if Islamic laws were enforced. It was unfortunate that all the warring sides had trampled on Islamic laws, he added.