Paktia students condemn Kabul University attack, call for end to violence


GHAZNI: Hundreds of university students from southeastern Paktia province denounced the attack on Kabul University, pleading the warring sides to stop violence and join the peace process wholeheartedly.

The students during a rally in Gardez city, the capital of Paktia province, carried banners with messages of peace on Tuesday and condemned Monday’s attack on Kabul University that left at least 22 students killed and scores of others wounded.

Peace talks and war cannot continue simultaneously, they said, adding “if militants are committed to peace, they should first declare a truce so we believe that the Taliban have chosen the way of peace over war.”

Paktia Governor Halim Fedayee termed the attack on Kabul University as against all Islamic and humanitarian values, saying that seeking education was obligatory for all the people but the Taliban were against education.

Provincial council head of Paktia, Abdul Malik Zazai, said that attacks during peace negotiations were assaults on the peace process. He said that the Afghan nation will stand against the insurgents if they continued war.

A number of women who attended the rally also called on rebels to cease killing Afghans, attacking public facilities and academic centers.