Over 5,600 Taliban militants keen to join peace process
By Sajad - Mon Nov 26 2012, 8:21 pm
NATO-led International Security Assistance Force officials on Monday announced there has been a growth in the number of the Taliban militants who are keen to join the reintegration program in Afghanistan amid growing concerns and doubts regarding the militants to join peace process.
Günter Kutz a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force said over 100 Taliban militants have cut their links with the insurgents and have returned to their normal lives.
He said, “I think it was told a few weeks back that more than 5,000 militants joined the reintergration program however I can confirm today that more than 5,600 Taliban militants have ended their ties with the insurgents and ar obeying the law. They are keen to return back to their villages and homes and return back to their community.”
ISAF spokesman Günter Kutz speaking in a press confernece on Monday said reintegration of the militants is a good opportunity for them since they will either be killed or arrested if they do not properly use the opportunity.
In response to a question regarding the freedom of the Taliban militants from the Pakitani jails and future, he said, “I can not precisely comment regarding their future however they have a chance to join the integration program. We have said this in the past and we are repeating it again that the Taliban militants have the right to reintegrate and return to their normal lives or they will be arrested or killed by Afghan or International coalition security forces.”
This comes as Pakistan recently freed a number of Taliban prisoners during a visit of the Afghan high peace council delegation.
Afghan peace officials said that the freedom of the Taliban prisoners will encourage Taliban group to pariticpate in peace talks however political observers believe that there is no guarantee that the freed Taliban militants will not pick up arms to fight the Afghan government and NATO troops.