Herat inhabitants urge warring sides for RiV, truce


HERAT: Residents of western Herat province have implored the conflicting parties to pave the way for a truce or a reduction in violence during the ongoing intra-Afghan talks.
They told OrbandNews that the war has turned intolerable any longer because Afghans are being killed on both sides of the conflict. 
Several women and religious scholars of the province lamented that the continued war left ever-increasing casualties with each day’s passage.
They said the war had intensified despite the launch of intra-Afghan negotiations, so both sides must either establish peace or pave the way for a ceasefire.
Women in Herat support the peace process but the conflict has not stopped despite the intra-Afghan talks. Many people now believe that neither the fate of peace nor the war is ascertained.
Nargis Ahmadi, a women’s rights activist, said the government must give a tit-for-tat response to the Taliban in order to stop the fighting; otherwise, intensify the conflict against them because the ongoing war was only taking the innocent lives in the country.
Nafisa, a resident of Herat, said the war had caused problems; people were being killed every day. Both sides were Afghans, so ceasefire was vital because peace in Afghanistan drew worldwide support.
Fazal Ahmad Muhajir, a religious scholar and lecturer at Herat University, said: “Islam is the religion that invites people to peace, and all of its followers should live a moderate life.
He said in some cases, conflict was allowed, but the current war waged by militants must come to an end. 
Haji Ahmad Shah Khan Barakzai, a tribal leader, said there were hopes that a ceasefire or reduction in violence would be declared after the release of Taliban and government prisoners and the start of intra-Afghan talks. “Nonetheless, the Taliban are conducting large-scale attacks against security forces.”
He said some circles within the government were also trying to win through conflict, but it was difficult because there would be no military solution.
The intra-Afghan negotiators are on a three-week break for consultations, but the fighting has escalated and assassinations of civil activists, journalists and other members of the community have drastically increased recently – something that’s an overt indicator of deliberate continuation of the war.