Taliban ‘Safe Zone’ Established in South

Taliban ‘Safe Zone’ Established in South

SAM Staff,

A ‘safe zone’ has been established in the country’s south for those Taliban who have and will lay down their arms and join the peace process, Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Abdul Raziq said.

Raziq said the safe zone will help the Taliban from Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces to live without worrying about their security after they quit violence and join peace.

He added that a number of Taliban members, especially their commanders who have laid down their arms, as well as 10 Taliban commanders who have returned from Pakistan and have embraced a normal life, are living at the safe zone.

The Kandahar police chief said they will continue their efforts to provide job opportunities for those Taliban members who have joined the peace process.

He stated that the safe zone is established for the Taliban fighters in the country’s south and the precondition for living at the zone is to cut off their ties with those Taliban who are still fighting against government forces.

Meanwhile, member of Kandahar Provincial Council Attaullah Atta said the move by Kandahar police will benefit the people and will encourage the Taliban to choose a peaceful life.

Kandahar military officials said they are hopeful that the safe zone will encourage Taliban commanders to join the peace process.

This comes after heavy clashes are ongoing between Afghan security forces and the Taliban in different parts of the country – including Kunduz and Baghlan provinces in the country’s north.