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80 armed militants renounced violence in Northern Baghlan

Sat Jan 28, 1:17 pm

About 80 armed militants laid down their weapons and joined the government peace process. The Baghlan police while welcoming these people said most of these people were the members of Hizb-e-Islami, led by Gulbadin Hekmatiyar.

Chief of Baghlan Provincial Council said the joining of these 80 militants into the peace process is a new hope for peace and stability in Afghanistan but still Hizb-e-Islami and Taliban militants exist in the several districts of Baghlan province.

Mullah Serajuddin Seerat, Deputy Head of Baghlan Peace Council said that these people had no official contacts with the peace council.

The surrendered people demanded the Afghan government to act on their commitments for reconstruction and development of the country.

While some media quoting insurgent leaders that if the government failed to act on their promises, they would return back to the insurgency.

Baghlan is one of the insecure northern provinces of Afghanistan where armed militants, particularly Hizb-e-Islami members are based.

The renounce of violence by these people may be a hopeful area for improving the security situation in the province.

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