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Bloodshed rises since peace talks begin in Doha: Activists

Bloodshed rises since peace talks begin in Doha: Activists

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Sep 24, 2020 - 19:41

KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): The residents of southern Kandahar province on Thursday said bloodshed has increased in Afghanistaninfo-icon since the warring sides sat at the negotiating table in Qatar.

Since a month, religious scholars, influential figures, civil societyinfo-icon activists and the youth have erected a tent in Kandahar City, the provincial capital, to demand peace in the country. They expressed their deep concerns over the increased violence in the country amid peace talks in Doha at a press conference today.

Civil society activist Hikmatullah Sulhi told Pajhwok Afghan News that they had erected similar protest tents since a month in Herat, Uruzgan and Helmand provinces.

He said their demands were completion of the prisoners’ exchange process, the start of intra-Afghan talks, greater participation of people in the peace process, declaration of ceasefire and lasting peace.

He said their demands --- the release of prisoners and the start of intra-Afghan talks --- were met and they would continue their protest for the remaining demands.

The activist said people’s main demand was ceasefire but the violence surged with the start of peace talks at a time when the negotiators were yet to agree on a roadmap.

Sulhi said if the warring parties wanted to reach peace through talks then what meant the bloodshed in every part of the country.

Another civil society activist Agha Wali Barani stressed the need on completion of the peace talks agenda as dozens of people were being killed each day in the country. He said ceasefire should be declared in order the peace talks move in the right direction.

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