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Call to join the peace process

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Afghans work every day to establish lasting peace and stability in their country. The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) and the international community work to ensure that Afghans have a bright future.

The residents of Parwan met recently to discuss how to achieve the goal of lasting peace. The meeting was organised by the Provincial Peace Committee, and was attended by religious scholars, officials, business owners, women and youth.

Mr Abdul Rahim Hanafi, head of the Parwan Religious Council, said, “Peace and security provide the basis for God’s blessings. I call on all Afghans to prevent their sons from discounting these blessings by following the deceit of barbarians who advocate violence.” He argued that it is parents’ responsibility not to let their children be misguided by the perpetrators of violence.

Elaborating on the role of the family and community in bringing peace, Naderah Geyah, head of Department of Women’s Affairs, said, “First, we must established peace within our families because this is the foundation of society. If we have peace in our families and in our communities, then we will have a peaceful country in which our children can flourish.”

GIRoA and military officials supplemented the calls for peace by saying that the enemies of peace are not able to withstand assaults of the highly-trained and heavily-equipped Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), so in the interest of mercy for fellow Muslims and respect for the law, the best solution is for insurgents to lay down their arms and join the peace process.