‘Warring sides should listen to the voice of devastated Afghans’


BALKH: Residents of northern Jawzjan province on Friday said that fratricide should be brought to a halt as Afghan masses were exhausted from conflicts in the country and they wanted peace.

A conference regarding the role of media and civil society in supporting the republican system was organized by the provincial administration.

Abdul Qadir Malia, deputy Jawzjan governor, said that lending support to the republican system and raising voice for a ceasefire between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban were responsibilities of all the people.

“The onus is on all of us to raise our voice in this regard through media means,” he said, asking the Taliban to put end to fratricide and destruction of public facilities by accepting the republican dispensation as a future government system and announce a permanent ceasefire.

Mohammad Jan Tamkin, head of the Journalists Union in Jawzjan, said that the media and civil society could play an important role in promoting the culture of peace.

Pointing to violence in Afghanistan, he stressed that the four-decade war in the country engraved the image of bloodshed and killing in the public mind.

Tamkin asked warring sides to listen to the public voice for peace and stop the bloodshed and violence that take the lives of many Afghans on a daily basis.

Afghans’ hope for peace has boosted following the launch of intra-Afghan talks in Qatar; however, no breakthrough has so far been made in these talks and the violence between the two sides still persists.