Spike in violence across Afghanistan dampens peace talks: PTM chief

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KABUL: The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) chief Manzoor Pashteen says intense violence and deadly conflicts in Afghanistan have hampered ongoing peace negotiations.


 “Please, go back to your own countries and stop fighting on Pashtun’s soil,” Pashteen said while referring to foreign insurgents fighting in Afghanistan.


Manzoor Pashteen made the remarks in a huge gathering held on Sunday in North Waziristan in Pakistan. He asked global powers, including the US, not to use Afghanistan’s territory for chasing their own interests.


Pashteen underlined the necessity for promoting harmony and unity, urging the negotiating teams to agree on a peace agreement and end violence in the country.


Pashtun people have suffered immensely from decades of militancy and violence, he said, adding Pashtun women should be endowed with the rights that they deserve.


“The high level of violence in the country brings under question the integrity of ongoing peace negotiations,” he maintained.


Pashteen called on the Afghan government and Taliban to promote unity and resolve mutual disputes through dialogue.


This comes as the Afghan peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan officials in Doha ongoing for more than two months have yielded no significant progress while the war has intensified, leaving many people killed and wounded daily.