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Peace talks must fulfill people’s expectations: Survey

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: Steering Committee of the Afghan People’s Dialogue on Peace (People’s Dialogue) on Wednesday urged the National Unity Government to prepare the ground to bring the long-term war into a logic end as most the civilians are the victim.

In a survey conducted by the People’s Dialogue, they asked the NUG to adopt different ways to put a halt to the violence in the country following peace talks that recently held between Afghan delegation and the Taliban representative in Pakistan. And also the government termed peace talks with the Taliban in Murree as positive and in interest of both countries.

Though the Afghan masses called the recent Murree peace talks as a positive step, beside every hook and cranny of the country burning in smoke and flame of suicide bombings and terrorist attacks, in which tens of the people are killing and injuring on daily bases, the survey added.

Afghan Women Skills Development Center Executive Director, Ms. Mari Akrami said that the people of Afghanistan not only expecting to see the country free of war but also have high expectations from the government to take the principle of justice, the rights of human, women and children into account during ongoing peace negotiations with the Taliban.

Briefing the newsmen in Kabul, Ms. Akrami said in the survey that over 6000 people were interviewed in which they have showed concern regarding rampant of corruption, especially in judicial system, violation of human, women and child rights, lack of development projects, unemployment and poverty in the country.

Illegal armed groups, ethnical and partially factional conflicts, having no access to the education, and highest civilian casualty rates were the sole concern of the people, she said.

The survey further added that the interviewed people also expressed anxiety over the lack of inclusive peace process in the country.

The views expressed by the Afghan masses during interview by the People’s Dialogue had send to the officials of the NUG as well as to the Taliban representatives, while asking both the parties to undertake the demands of the people including the women and youth in peace talks.

Both parties emphasizing on their own point and agenda rather than people expectations, as it’s the people who bearing the brunt of prolong war and conflicts, the survey added. It further says that one of the main factors behind failure of the previous peace negotiations during the last five years was the ignorance of people demand in the peace talks.

Member of Steering Committee of the Afghan People’s Dialogue on Peace, Ahmad Fahim Hakimi said that some members of High Peace Council (HPC) were not interested to put an end to the war.

He said that if Afghanistan witnesses for an accountable and judgmental day, so the aforementioned figures will be the first figures, who will be questioned by people.

The Afghan People’s Dialogue on Peace is an initiative in which ordinary Afghans can express their views through inclusive public discussions on the prospects of peace, reconciliation, security, economic development, human rights and the rule of law.

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