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AIHRC urges unconditional ceasefire to protect innocent lives

25 Apr 2019 - 14:13
25 Apr 2019 - 14:13

KABUL Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Thursday demanded ceasefire between the warring parties without any conditions for what it called prevention of innocent lives of Afghan people and end to the conflicts in the country.

AIHRC head Sema Samar, talking to a large gathering of women were asked to put the armed conflict and war to an end and reach a ceasefire in the shortest time possible.

“Afghanistan has experienced left and right extremist wing governments over the last four decades and most of the victims of these conflicts during this period were women,” she said.

Samar said murders, kidnapping cases, human trafficking and domestic violence were all caused by war and violence, asking those engaged in the conflict to agree to a ceasefire and stop the war and armed conflict in the country.

“Insurgents who support war should know that the country would never forgive those who kill their fellow countrymen and addict them with opium,” she said.

The AIHRC head asked mothers, women and sisters of the Taliban not to let their men kill people of their own country.

“We will never go back, and we want protection of the rights of citizens, particularly of women through a single voice, we also do not want to lose our achievements of the past two decades, these issues should be discussed as red lines with the Taliban during negotiations,” she added.

Shenkai Karokhel, a Wolesi Jirga candidate from capital Kabul who attended the gathering, criticized the government and the Taliban for announcing their spring offensives against each other and said Afghanistan did not need a warrior but a constructor at the moment.

“We do not want Khalid and Al-Fath operations because only Afghans lose their lives in both of these offensives, we oppose the killing of Afghans,” she said.

Karokhel said Afghans could no longer tolerate the prolongation of war and bloodshed and there was need for an immediate ceasefire in the country as well as intra-Afghan dialogue so Afghanistan sees a stable peace.

A statement released by the gathering at the end said that the peace process was a continued and time-consuming process and ceasefire was a crucial need for Afghans.

The ceasefire would put the bloodshed and killing of people to an end in the country and would open way for a just and stable peace, the statement said.

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