The High Peace Committee head for southern Helmand province on Monday urged former jihadi leaders to shun past differences so that their children avoided inheriting them.
Haji Fazl Bari Fayaz echoed the call while addressing a gathering marking the Mujahideen Victory Day or the defeat of the Soviet Union’s forces by the Mujahideen in 1992.
Without naming anyone, Fayaz told the gathering in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, that past political differences and feud among some ex-jihadi figures continued until today.
“Jihadi leaders should not let their past feuds to be inherited by their children because it is not in theirs and the country’s interest,” the peace negotiator said.
Deputy Governor Ahmad Massoud Bakhtawar told the gathering the sacrifices of mujahideen in Afghanistan had not only rescued their own country from the former USSR aggression, but the entire world.
Former police chief and jihadi leader Abdul Rahman Jan Sabir said their jihad had been for the sake of God and independence of the motherland. He said he was ready to cooperate in every manner he could to make the peace process a success.
Due to their past differences, the ex-jihadis celebrated the Victory Day at two separate venues in Helmand.