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Dec 06, 2017
Conflict leaves 59 schools closed in Jawzjan

Dec 05, 2017 - 19:59

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): The ongoing conflict has resulted in closure of as many as 59 schools in northern Jawzjan province, depriving 30,000 students of education, the governor said on Tuesday.

Mualvi Lotfullah Azizi told a gathering here there was no justification for the continuing war in the country, asking insurgents to shun violence and join the peace process.

The governor said all security personnel were busy fighting against insurgents, though both sides were Muslims and recited Kalma Tayyiba

The gathering attended by hundreds was the Provincial Peace Committee initiative aimed at gathering people’s views about achieving large national consensus for bringing peace to the country.

Azizi said: “All personnel in police and army belong to poor families who are fighting to ensure security and eke out a living.”

Saifullah Qoyash, the provincial peace committee’s spokesman, on the occasion said today’s gathering was aimed at collecting public views on how to bring peace to the country. “We want to collect Jawjan people’s suggestions about developing national consensus regarding peace and security.”

Nooria Hamasa, a civil society activist, said there were many reasons people opposed the government and joined insurgents. “Some people who are poor and jobless join insurgent and others have problems with the government.”

Mohammad Rahimi, a religious scholar, said individuals fighting on both sides --- government and insurgents -- read Kalma Tayyiba and were Muslims.

He said Islam was against every kind of violence and war in Islamic community. However, he said: “Unfortunately we do hideous things under the name of Muslim, Mujahid and human.” He asked the parties to the conflict to enter peace dialogue and end miseries.

The gathering started at around 9am and lasted till afternoon.


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