Afghan govt.’s another peace gesture

Sources told media on Monday that the Afghan government has released at least 170 Taliban inmates from the Pul-e-Charkhi central jail and that 130 others were expected to be freed on Tuesday.
According to the sources, the released prisoners were imprisoned on charges of membership and cooperation with the Taliban and were sentenced to years of prison. The announcement on the release of the prisoners was made by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the closing day of the grand council on peace earlier in May. 
Again, on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, President Ghani announced the release of 887 prisoners as part of his efforts to persuade the resurgent group to engage in intra-Afghan dialogue to end the conflict through diplomatic settlement.
Meanwhile, the National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib in an interview with a local TV said all the 887 inmates were Taliban prisoners.  
The move comes at a time that diplomacy is taking center stage in the Afghan peace process which has hit constant deadlocks due to persistent denial by the Taliban insurgents to engage in direct talks with the government in Kabul.
Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has spared no efforts in easing the peace process and President Ghani has time and again called upon Taliban to shun violence and take part in reconstruction of their country. The president has even said that government was ready for the unconditional peace talks with the group.
As a peace gesture and to respect the decisions of the participants of Grand Loya Jirga in Kabul, the President has instructed releasing of the Taliban prisoners, saying Afghans want peace and hoped the group accept the call for a stable Afghanistan.
Similar to all nations, Afghans also nurture an ambition for having a peaceful and democratic state. Their dream is to exercise their rights in a civil society void of war and violence. They desire to taste the sweet fruit of democracy. They dream their children be able to live a peaceful life. Afghan men and women pray for having a society where life and liberties are valued, and no blood is shed, or tears are flowed. An end for the outpouring of grief which results from bloody incidents and atrocious acts is the desire of Afghan nation. 
Despite of ongoing peace efforts, there is only little room left for Afghans’ dream for a peaceful society. Warring factions still murder people under sacred terms of jihad and practice against religious tenets, however their ideology is based on no religious values or moral standards.
A large number of political pundits believe that military action will not be a viable solution unless the warring sides negotiate and settle the issues through diplomatic means. It is hoped that releasing of prisoners further pave the way for peace talks and persuade Taliban to accept Afghans’ call and shun bloodshed campaign.
If the group further continue their insurgency and ignore Afghan government and people’s call for peace, then the civilian casualties will continue and the public dream for a society free from violence and bloodshed will hardly ever come true.

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