NANGARHAR: Security officials say 22 Taliban and eight Daesh or Islamic State (IS) insurgents have shunned the insurgency and joined the government in eastern Nangarhar province.
A statement from Nangarhar governor’s house said that 22 Taliban militants, including a group leader, joined the peace process. At the same time, eight IS fighters also stopped the violence and defected to Afghan forces in the province.
These insurgents were operating against the government in Haska Mina, Khogyani, Shinwari, and Bati Kot districts of Nangarhar, the source said.
Those who joined the peace process said that they would no longer act against the government as they regretted their past deeds.
The defects said that they were tasked to kill Afghans but they changed their minds and stopped insurgency after their leaders signed an agreement with the US.
Taliban and Daesh haven’t commented on the issue so far.
This comes as several of the Taliban’s negotiating team members, including the group’s chief negotiator, Shaikh Abdul Hakim Haqqani, are reportedly still in Pakistan and haven’t traveled to Doha to join the talks, according to a source quoted by Tolo News that wished to go unnamed.