“Achieving peace entails public backing, united drive”   


BALKH: The Harakat-e-Inqilab Islami (Islamic and National Revolution Movement of Afghanistan) party while calling for the establishment of lasting peace in the country says the ongoing talks in Doha should protect the rights of all ethnic and religious groups.

During a conference held in Mazar-e-Sharif city, the capital of Balkh province, Abdul Hakim Munib, leader of the political party and Former Hajj and Islamic Affairs Minister, said that the Afghan people wanted a peace that reflected their demands.

“The ongoing talks should protect all the rights of ethnic and religious groups,” he said, adding that real peace would eliminate tribal, religious, regional and political discriminations in the country.

Munib said peace would not be achieved unless people accepted each other and there was a unanimous drive for supporting the process.

Several Islamic scholars who attended the conference stated that different groups of people had different interpretations of peace.

They added that peace would not be ensured in the country until divisions over peace were resolved and there was an unwavering national consensus established in this regard.

Participants of the conference stressed that the government of Afghanistan should listen to the opinions of the Afghan public and different communities in the country in peace negotiations.

Maulavi Abdul Halim, a cleric from Balkh province, supported the ongoing peace talks but stressed that there was a need for the creation of a national consensus on the matter.

Ethnic and religious discriminations have always led to problems and failures, as well as hampering societies’ development, he believed, saying that all types of biases should be rooted out and national unity formed.

This comes as following the start of intra-Afghan negotiations in Qatar, people of various communities and regions in several events have urged the conflicting parties not to violate their rights during the talks.