The Helmand sit-in youths ended their strike after almost 48 hours with the intervention of the local religious scholars (Ulemas) as several sit-in participants were admitted to hospital due to deteriorating health condition.

According to the local officials, the sit-in participants decided to end the hunger strike considering the demands of the local Uelmas.

Provincial media and public relations advisor Zahid Atal confirmed that the religious scholars intervened to end the hunger strike of the sit-in participants.

Atal further added that the religious scholars have promised to jointly work with the sit-in participants to support their movement in support of peace and reconciliation.

According to Atal, several participants of the sit-in were admitted to hospital in Lashkargah city after they fall ill due to the hunger strike.

The sit-in participants on Friday started hunger strike as they demand an immediate end to the ongoing violence by declaring a ceasefire.

The participants of the sit-in had warned that their hunger strike will continue until the Taliban and the government have not responded positively to their demand for the ceasefire.

In the meantime, the provincial government media office, in a statement said a delegation comprising of high level government, military, and security officials met with the participants of the sit-in on Thursday.

The officials said the government welcomes all the efforts led by the Afghans that results into peace and reconciliation and respects the sit-in and protest of the youths and is prepared to respond positively to the calls for ceasefire.

But they insisted that they are prepared for unconditional ceasefire if the Taliban group is prepared to accept the demand with the middling of the sit-in youths.


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