96 Militants Join Reintegration Process In Afghanistan

PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan, July 14 (Bernama) -- A total of 96 anti-government militants joined a government-initiated peace and reintegration process in northern province of Baghlan on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

High Peace Council provincial chairman Abdul Samad Stanikzai said the rebels had renounced violence and laid down their arms in provincial capital Pul-e-Khumri earlier in the day.

The former militants were previously active in Pul-e-Hissar and Khost districts in the province located about 160 km north of capital Kabul.

"With the insurgents' surrender, peace and stability would be further strengthened in several parts of Baghlan," Stanikzai said.

The Afghan government set up the High Peace Council and launched the peace and reconciliation process in 2010 to encourage Taliban members to give up their weapons.


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