Ceasefire an initial step for peace, believe Wardak residents


GHAZNI: Religious scholars, tribal elders and local people in a gathering in central Maidan Wardak province have called on the warring sides to agree to a truce, stressing peace cannot be achieved until both sides declared a ceasefire.

The gathering organized in the capital of Maidan Wardak province on Saturday supported recent developments made in the peace process, saying a ceasefire would help build trust in the process if accepted by both sides of the intra-Afghan negotiations.

Islamic scholar Maulavi Qadeem talking to the gathering said that peace was a divine command and both parties should hold that in high regard and thus stop the violence.

Local tribal elders Malik Syed Amir Sadat and Abdul Jalil were other speakers at the meeting. They hoped for the ongoing peace talks’ success and called on the Taliban and the government to adopt a culture of tolerance and forgiveness instead of committing acts of revenge.

Maidan Wardak Governor Abdul Rahman Tariq, who also attended the gathering, stated that public support for peace was essential, urging tribal elders and Islamic scholars to give all-out efforts for ensuring stability in the country.

A week back, a gathering of tribal elders and youths in Maidan Wardak province also supported progress made in peace negotiations.