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Elderly Kunar women to beseech Taliban to reconcile

Elderly Kunar women to beseech Taliban to reconcile

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Aug 08, 2017 - 22:30

ASADABAD (Pajhwok): For the first time-ever, elderly womeninfo-icon in eastern Kunar province would hold direct talks with Talibaninfo-icon militants in form of a jirgainfo-icon to make plea for peace, a gathering was told here on Tuesday.

The jirga of elderly women would be formed soon to hold face-to-face dialogue with insurgents on strengthening peace and ending the conflict, speakers at the women’s gathering in Asababad, the provincial capital, said.

Women’s affairs director, Sohaila Babar, said the message of peace would be conveyed to every part of the province through the proposed jirga of elderly women, who would directly talk to insurgents who were practically engaged in fight.

She said Kunar women would ask insurgents earnestly to join the peace process and drop weapons as a mark of respect for elderly mothers.

Kunar’s representative at Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon, Wagma Sapai, welcomed the women’s initiative for peace and stability, saying Afghan mothers were fed up with the decades-long war and non-stopped killing of their children. “Our elderly women have now decided to entreat insurgents to join peace and shun the illicit war.” She said the Kunar women had a strong will to work for peace.

Kunar provincial council head, Mohammad Sapai, said they would also accompany the elderly women in visits to all parts of the province and convey the message of peace to all those areas where insurgents existed. “Such Jirgas are very important for reconciling insurgents and the government and the international community should facilitate them.”

Kunar governor Waheedullah Kalimzai also called upon rebels to listen to the appeal for peace by the women and shun violence and join the peace process.

Afghanistaninfo-icon Women’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) head for the eastern zone, Sabrina Hamid, called upon the government to work for improving the situation of women and provide them job opportunities in government institutions.

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