Thousands of Afghans gathered at the Ghazi football stadium in the capital Kabul last Friday to urge the parties that will meet at the peace summit in Turkey to do everything possible to reach an agreement that will mark the final era of ends armed conflict in the country.
The Turkish summit, originally convened for April 16 despite its celebration hanging by a thread, aims to bring together negotiators from the Afghan government, the Taliban, the United Nations, the United States, Turkey and Qatar on the unknown the complete withdrawal of US forces and the continuation of violence in the country.
Participants in the demonstration recalled that the upcoming summit in Turkey is a unique opportunity for peace and advocated upholding Afghanistan’s values and achievements in the areas of women’s rights, elections, freedom of the press and democratic principles embodied in the Demonstration reflect constitution, reports the Tolo News chain.
“We want a peace that is acceptable to all parties,” said Babakarjel, a resident of Kabul. “One of the basic demands is the holding of transparent and neutral elections,” said Sayed Ali Kazimi, a senior official with the conservative party of the Islamic Revolutionary Movement.
Several Afghan political leaders, lawmakers and religious dignitaries also attended the rally. “The people in Afghanistan do not want a unilateral peace that is imposed on them at national or international and national level,” said Abdul Qader Qalatwal.
“We are here today to reflect the mood and aspiration of the people for international community. Afghans thirst for peace and justice,” added Mahmud Kalakani, a resident of Kalakan.
Finally, the governor of Kabul, Mohamed Yacub Haidari, recalled the successes of the past few years and urged the authorities to respect the progress. “We do not want a government in which laws, human rights, women’s rights and freedom are not respected, as we have seen in the past,” he said.