Afghan Taliban Commander lays down weapons, joins peace process

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Afghan Taliban Commander lays down weapons, joins peace process

KABUL: Another Afghan Taliban commander has laid down the weapons and joined the government peace making efforts.

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One of the Taliban's military commanders in Badakhshan, Qari Mahrab, along with his 25 fighters, has joined the peace process, Afghan media reported. Mahrab said he was intelligence commander for both local and foreign terrorists in Badakhshan.

He said he played a key role in the collapse of many parts of Badakhshan, especially in the collapse of Yamgan and Wardoj districts. Mahrab admitted that was involved in shooting and beheading a number of government officials.

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Mawlawi Anamullah, another Taliban leader, who joined the peace process, said: "I was Taliban's Hajj pilgrimage head and I participated in Taliban battles and I noticed that my followers' minds were being diverted and they were acting against Islam. Meanwhile, Governor Ahmad Fisal Bigzad said clearance operations would be conducted in the province.