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HPC calls on Taliban to join peace process

AT-KABUL:  The High Peace Council (HPC) on Wednesday called on the Taliban to shun violence and join the Afghan-owned peace talks.

The newly appointed HPC chairman, Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani, once again asked the militants to pay attention to the call for peace of the Afghan government and masses, asking them to join the Afghan-owned and the Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process. The peace council in a media statement said that insurgents should take part in rebuilding their country instead of fighting.

The statement said that by the appointment of the council new head, it showed that the National Unity Government was adhering to its commitment of bring long-lasting and dignified peace. “With the appointment of new leader, the HPC would accelerate its indefatigable efforts to pave ground for face-to-face talks,” the statement said.

The government’s intention to bring peace and stability in the country is beyond suspicion, the statement said, adding that the government had identified the peace process as its top priority.

President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah introduced Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani as new leader of the High Peace Council the other day.

Afghanistan is committed to work for peace, President Ghani said, adding that none should doubt the National Unity Government’s commitment to the peace process. He said that a framework would be chalked out by the HPC and the government would take steps according to that. The president said that every conflict could be settled through dialogue.

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