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We want peace but not at cost of civilian lives: Muslimyar

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Chairman of the Meshrano Jirga Fazel Hadi Muslimyar said that the government should not hold talks with those people who are hell-bent on killing civilians.

He said this at the funeral ceremony of the Sunday’s suicide attack victims in Jalalabad which left 13 people killed. Scores of Shinwari tribesmen were the worst victims of the attack.

He said that peace and reconciliation is the most important thing to bring durable peace and stability in the country, but it should not be at the cost of innocent civilians.

“Government shall not hold peace talks with those who are shedding blood of innocent Afghan people,” he said.

“Afghan government must be on alert all time in peace talks,” Muslimyar said, adding that force should be used against those who are killing innocent people.

Nangarhar governor Saleem Kunduzi said that Afghan masses were the worst victims of the conspiracies hatched by the enemies of Afghanistan. He assured to remain beside Afghan people, saying that he has strong determination to foil the evil bids of the enemies of the country.

Furious over the loss of their fellow tribesmen lives, Shinwari tribal elders on Monday asked the security officials to leave no stone unturned in a bid to arrest those people who were involved in the attack.

All those who attended the funeral prayer also strongly condemned the Sunday’s suicide attack in the strongest possible terms.

“Thirteen people were killed and fourteen others received injuries in the Sunday’s suicide blast,” tribal elders said, demanding that the government should use every available resource to detain and prosecute the perpetrators of the attack.

They furthered that those who lost their lives in the attack were innocent and justice should be done through arresting those involved in the attack.

The suicide bomber on Sunday targeted a house of an Afghan official in eastern Nangarhar province, leaving 13 civilians dead and 14 others wounded. Suicide bombing took place in third police district of Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of Nangarhar.

The suicide bomber detonated his explosives-filled vest inside house of Obaidullah Shinwari, a member of the Nangarhar provincial council where a meeting was about to begin with several participants.

The meeting was organized to welcome Shinwar’s brother who was freed by the Taliban after nine months of being captivity. In the attack his freed brother was killed and his father was wounded.

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