At least 120 Taliban insurgents surrendered and joined the peace process in northern Faryab province on Monday after being surrounding two days ago in a military operation led by First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, officials said.
Provincial Governor Sayed Anwar Sadat said the insurgents officially handed over their weapons to the authorities on Monday and joined the peace process.
“At least 19 Taliban insurgents including their district governor Dad Mullah Noorulhaq were killed in the past two days and 29 others were injured. 35 other insurgents contacted us before we launched the military operation and joined the peace process and the rest of the insurgents joined the peace process after they were surrounding by forces,” Sadat said.
He said those who joined the peace process will help security forces provide security in insecure areas.
Mawlawi Asadullah Jamali, head of the Faryab peace committee, has welcomed the move by insurgents and said that “the war against the government is unfair. Those who are deceived by the enemies of people of Afghanistan, destroying the country and killing innocent people should denounce violence and stand with the security forces and help rebuild the country.”
One of the insurgents, Mohammdullah, who joined the peace process said: “I joined the Taliban because of the corruption in the government system and oppression by the local powerful people who beat the people.”
He has called on government to focus on reconstruction – especially the building of schools and clinics in their areas.
Najibullah, another insurgent who joined the peace process, said: “I lay down my weapons because my mother asked me. My mother heard that Gen. Dostum has come here and told me to not fight against your leader.”