“Warring sides should call a permanent truce”


KANDAHAR: In a one-day symposium, people of southern Kandahar province expressed their concerns and demands from the ongoing peace process while urging the warring sides to sit across each other in the framework of intra-Afghan talks at the earliest possible.

Government officials, tribal elders, youths, women and a number of ordinary residents of the province attended the event organized by Peace Training and Research Organization (PTRO) on Monday in Kandahar city, the provincial capital, for expressing their views, suggestions and demands from the peace process.

Haji Agha Lalai Dastgir, deputy Kandahar governor, speaking at the occasion asked warring parties to agree to a permanent ceasefire because it would pave the way for permanent peace in the country.

He asked people to play their part in the peace process and compel both sides of the conflict to end the decades-long war in Afghanistan.

Some other participants of the symposium also spoke at the event and shared their views, suggestions and demands about the peace process through a round-table platform.

They said people were tired of war and intra-Afghan talks should be initiated as soon as possible.