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7-member rebel group reconciles in Nangarhar

7-member rebel group reconciles in Nangarhar

Aug 24, 2017 - 23:27

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A seven-member militant group has joined the peace process and turned in weapons in eastern Nangarhar province.

The seven men formally embraced peace at a gathering in their honor at the police headquarters in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, on Wednesday.

Nangarhar governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal, who attended the event, thanked the reconciling group’s commander, Zangal Bacha, for shunning violence.

The governor welcomed the individuals and said even a minor step towards peace had its own significance and deserved value.

Nangarhar police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the former rebels had been engaged in anti-government activities in the Tora Bora area of Pachiragam district and gave up violence after realizing the ‘truth.’

He said efforts were underway to convince more militants to join the peace process and take part in their country’s rebuilding.

Zangal Bacha, whose real name is Mir Mohammad, said they joined the reconciliation process without any pressure from anyone. He alleged they had been receiving orders from regional intelligence agencies to carry out destructive activities.

Hundreds of militants have so far joined the peace process in Nangarhar and other provinces but there has been no letup in the insurgency-wreaked violence.