Peace, stability foremost demands of Balkh youth


BALKH: A gathering of youths in Mazar-e-Sharif city, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Sunday stressed peace and stability in Afghanistan were their foremost demands.

The program titled Voice of Youth in the Peace Process was organized by Poyan Youth Organization and attended by a number of representatives from various governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Maryam Sadat, president and founder of Poyan Youth Organization, spoke about the importance of youths in the peace process and asked for a declaration of ceasefire from warring sides.

She stated that about 65 percent of the country’s population was formed of youth; therefore, they should be given an important part in the decision-making of peace talks.

Sayed Abdul Hamid Safot, head of the Balkh Civil Society Association, believes that peace is one of the national values of Afghanistan and its achievement required unity and solidarity from the Afghan people.

Gul Rehman Hamdard, a representative Balkh people in the Wolesi Jirga, also said that efforts had started for ensuring peace in the country and the public was hopeful for a bright future of Afghanistan.

A number of youths who attended the meeting said that permanent peace and stability in Afghanistan was their fundamental demand.

This comes as intra-Afghan talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government have recently started in Doha, capital of Qatar, but the sides are yet to reach a consensus on procedures and codes of conduct, something that has hindered going forward into key serious discussions.