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Sar-i-Pul residents ask rebels to reconcile

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sar-e pulResidents of northern Sar-i-Pul province have urged the armed rebels to consider reconciliation with the new government in Kabul instead of continuing their armed resistance in order to achieve peace in the country.

After offering Eidul Adha prayers on Saturday, the worshippers prayed for peace in the country, end to the conflict and the revival of an atmosphere of brotherhood.Mohammad Qasim, who owns a shop in Sar-i-Pul City, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the basic demand of people was peace.He urged the insurgents to stop their attacks on security forces and residents and instead heal the wounds of the masses.Another resident, Khalifa Ghani, said war only offered destruction and asked the rebels to work for the country’s rebuilding and development.The 50-year-old praised Afghan security forces for their sacrifices, but urged them not to harass locals in the name of opponents.Security officials say tight security arrangements have been put in place to ward off any untoward incident during Eid holiday. They urge residents to avoid actions that create law and order situation.Provincial police chief Noor Habib Gulbahari assured foolproof security across the province, saying police worked day and night so that residents could live in peace.Afghan National Army (ANA) commander in Sar-i-Pul Rahmanuddin talked about joint efforts security organs have been making to maintain security in the province. He said the enemy would not be allowed to create chaos at any cost.A public order police official, Kifayatullah, said he would fight until his last drop of blood for protection of people and defence of the motherland.“For me, the joys and happiness of people is Eid and even more,” he said.