Afghans March For Peace and Stability
January 17, 2019
Kabul- Several hundred protesters on Thursday marched in three cities in southern and eastern Afghanistan to call for a ceasefire and an end to the 17-year.
In Southern Kandahar province and in the eastern cities of Khost and Jalalabad, they marched holding placards saying: “No War”, “We want ceasefire” and “We want Peace”.
The peace marches began in May 2018 when a handful of civilians traveled 700 kilometers (430 miles) from Lashkar Gah, in the southern province of Helmand, to end their journey in June in the capital Kabul, joined along the way by hundreds of other marchers.
Since then, many others have been organised, including a wheelchair peace march by amputees between the western city of Herat and Kabul in August.
“Afghans want an absolute ceasefire as soon as possible. The government had agreed a one-year ceasefire and the Taliban must accept their demand,” Bismillah Watandost, a member of the People for Peace Movement, told media men.
“We call on the Taliban to come to the peace talks with the Afghan government and have mercy on the Afghan people. Our men, women, children and widows want peace. We are tired of war,” said Haji Farhad, a protester in Jalalabad.
Diplomatic efforts are being stepped up to try to end the long-running conflict.
Despite the highest level of sacrifices offered by the Afghan Security forces and civilians in the ongoing war on terror, Afghans have yet to meet peace and stability in their own country, as Pakistan, serving as a breeding nursery of terrorists has not implemented any change in its policy of state terrorism and its evil designs in Afghanistan.
The US administration and the rest of the civilized world is in need of exercising tougher approach on Pakistan to force it to turn around its project of international terrorism.