At least 20 members of the Islamic Movement Party (Hezb-e-Islami) led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on Wednesday joined peace process following on a number of the other militants who joined peace process in this province.

Provincial Police Chief Gen. Asadullah Shirzad speaking during the reconciliation process of the militants Bai Saqal area in central Baghlan district said, at least 20 armed militants belonging to Hezb-e-Islami who were carrying out insurgency activities against the Afghan government renounced violence and joined peace process after laying down their arms.

Gen. Shirzad further added, at least 40 others insurgents also renounced violence on Tuesday in the same area and joined peace process.

A member of the Afghan High Peace Council in northern Baghlan province Shams-ul-Haq said, the reconciled militants handed over at least 23 weapons to Afghan government after joining peace process during the past 2 days.

In the meantime the reconciled militants urged the Afghan government to arrange employment opportunities in order to resolve their issues.

They also urged the Afghan governmental officials to provide assist them in providing a safe environment as they have been threatened by other militants for joining peace process.

Meanwhile provincial security officials said, efforts have been put in place to pursue the remaining armed insurgents to join peace process.

The officials said that they are hopeful to witness a number of other militants to renounce violence in coming days in this province.

Report by Ajmal Omeri, Baghlan province.


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    Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.