“A total of 10 armed opponents, including their commanders named Bakhat Ali and Samar Gul, laid down their arms and joined the peace process. The former insurgents have handed over weapons to authorities during a welcoming ceremony held in provincial capital Jalalabad city on Wednesday,” the Afghan High Peace Council said in a statement issued here.
With the former insurgents’ surrender, peace and stability would be strengthened in several parts of the province, the statement added.
The Afghan government set up a 70-member High Peace Council and launched the peace and reconciliation process in 2010 to encourage Taliban to disarm and give up militancy against the government.
According to peace council officials, more than 10,000 Taliban militants have laid down arms since mid 2010, but the claim has been rejected by the Taliban armed outfit as baseless.