Peace summit demands withdrawal of foreign troops.
Peace summit demands withdrawal of foreign troops
Janullah Hashimzada - Jun 9, 2008 - 18:26
PESHAWAR (PAN): Some of the known Afghan politicians and intellectuals asked for withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan and holding talks with the armed opponents of the government for brining peace to the war-torn country.
A former ally of the Hizb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and renowned writer Muhammad Zaman Muzammil said the current situation in Afghanistan was intolerable.
He said Afghans themselves must think on a solution to the current situation where, he said, there is no stability, peace and safety for Afghans.
The conference in Peshawar city was organized by a group of writers and politicians, on top of them Muzammil and Dr Sifatullah Qanit.
Qanit told Pajhwok Afghan News that dozens of intellectuals and politicians attended the conference while several known figures also sent their messages to the gathering. He said the main message of the conference was to end the present turmoil that brought various Afghan parties to war.
Muzammil told the conference: "Presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan has aggravated the crisis in Afghanistan. Instead of improving the situation, it has harmed our national unity."
The former aide of Hekmatyar, said no solution brought from outside can work out in Afghanistan and that Afghans should find a way out for their internal problem.
He added that staying silent about the current situation were a 'sin' and the first step towards the solution will be to stop operations of foreign troops.
"Even if the large numbers of Afghans killed everyday were sheep, they should have to be mercy upon," said Muzammil.
Labib Balkhi, a former professor at the Balkh University, termed presence of foreign troops on the Afghan ground as illegal.
General Yahya Khan Abdulrahimzai, a former army general, also called for national unity and reconciliation of Afghans after withdrawal of foreign troops.
Dr Samad Hamed, who served as a deputy prime minister under King Zahir Shah, speaking by phone from Germany, said independent Afghan intellectuals, should strengthen their call for an 'Afghan solution' to the crisis.
Rostar Taraki, a university professor in France, also said in his message that a neutral international conference was needed to tackle the Afghan crisis and find a way for withdrawal of foreign troops.
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