At least 45 Taliban militants including four of their commanders renounced violence and joined peace process, the local officials said Thursday.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said the militants joined peace process after they were persuaded the provincial intelligence, National Directorate of Security, to renounce violence.

Khogyani further added that the militants were conducting insurgency in Momandara, Khogyani, Sherzad, Ghani Khel, Achin, and Nazian districts.

He said the militants renounced violence after reaching to a conclusion regarding the situation of the country as well as losing fighting the capabilities.

According to Khogyani, the militants also handed over five heavy weapons and 45 light weapons to the National Directorate of Security.

Speaking on behalf of the reconciled militants, Nabiullah and Islam said they have conducted insurgency and destructive activities for the past six years on instructions of the neighboring intelligence circles.

They also added that they were encouraged to join peace process after hearing to the Fatwas of the Ulemas as well as losing fighting capabilities.

The provincial government media office in a statement said nearly 300 militants have joined peace process due to the efforts of the National Directorate of Security during the recent months.


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