Badakhshan Clerics Stresses Accelerated Peace Efforts

January 17, 2019

Kabul- Religious scholars at a gathering in the north-eastern Badakhshan province called on Taliban to enter into the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

Taliban has been asked frequently by the Afghan government to meet its delegations during the past four months as the US and President Ghani’s administration have accelerated their efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.

The Badakhshan clerics said they are “optimistic” about the peace process but they stressed that the process “should be accelerated”.

“Peace in society, peace in a country and peace in a family all own a great place in religion,” said Mawlawi Zia, a religious scholar in Badakhshan.

“Considering the current situation in Afghanistan, Badakhshan religious scholars held this gathering to discuss issues around peace and reconciliation,” said Mohibullah Shamsi, a religious scholar in Badakhshan.

Local officials in Badakhshan said peace is a requirement for development of the country as they stressed the need for a wide support to peace all over Afghanistan.

“Development, justice and equality in a country and region level are dependent on peace,” said Noorul Haq Noori, Head of Badakhshan Hajj and Religious Affairs.

“We should have tolerance. It is a must for peace and stability in the country,” said Mawlawi Hafizullah, deputy head of Badakhshan Provincial Council.

The new improvements have made the people optimistic about peace, a Badakhshan resident Abdul Rahman Talat said, adding that the armed groups should lay down their arms and join the peace process.

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