Cease widowing women, Taliban urged


NANGARHAR: Dozens of women from districts and capital of eastern Laghman province in a gathering called on the warring parties to find a resolution to the conflict and declare a ceasefire.

Deputy Laghman governor, Shahzada Mazlomyar, directors of women’s affairs, and education and officials from other organs had attended the gathering.

Nasima Shafiq Sadat, provincial women affairs director welcomed attendants of the gathering and called on the Taliban to declare a truce and stop widowing their own sisters and women.

She said that women were the main victims of war and hoped a permanent ceasefire and peace would be established in the country.

Governor Mazlomyar thanked organizers of the gathering and asked peace negotiating teams in Qatar to listen to the Afghan public and take advantage of the opportunity made available for peace.

He said that the Afghan government always had goodwill about peace and that was the reason it freed hundreds of Taliban inmates. “But the other side never showed mercy on Afghans,’ he added.

Mazlomyar said that prominent Muslim scholars across the Islamic world issued Fatwas that ongoing conflict in Afghanistan was illegitimate, terming it a genocide, in essence, of Muslims.

He deemed women’s call for peace important and said public awareness regarding the peace process should be increased.

All women participants in the gathering urged for an immediate ceasefire and permanent peace in the country.

They called upon the Afghan government’s negotiating team and the Taliban representatives in Qatar to value national interests over their personal ones and start intra-Afghan talks as soon as possible.

The women announced support to the republican system of the government and called on the Taliban not to do foreigners’’ bidding but instead give importance to their own people.