KABUL (Pajhwok): A retired army general, telling heartbreaking tales of four decades of war, including the assassination of Afghanistan’s first president Mohammad Daud Khan, wants the warring parties to unite and put an end to the killing of the compatriots. The 85-year-old Badshah Mir Tanai, hailing from the Tanai district of southeastern Khost province, is currently living in Kabul. Tanai, who has graduated from the Military University, in Kabul, served in different positions at the Ministry of Defence. In early years of ex-president Hamid Karzai’s rule, he retired as major-general.
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A doctor, who has treated thousands of war-wounded people in the surgery ward of Mirwais Hospital in southern Kandahar province, says he no longer wants his compatriots to die in front of his eyes or be discharged with disabilities.
Yearning for peace, Dr. Qudratullah Hakimi has been working as a specialist trainer at the in the surgical ward of the Mirwais Zonal Hospital for the past 15 years. He has saved lives the thousands of the war-wounded people.
FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Abdul Raqeeb Farooqi, a Free-Style (FS) athlete in western Ghor province, who has invited many young people to peace and empathy through sports, says they can shine nationally and global only in a peaceful environment.
These days, social media pages are flooded with photos of the young man exercising in minus 22 centigrade in the Harirod River. The young athlete, Abdul RaqeebFarooqi, has been active in the FS sport for the past seven years.
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A female restaurant owner in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, believes her business would grow when peace is established in Afghanistan. Zahra Ibrahimi, a graduate of Public Administration and Policy, has been running a restaurant named “Unique” for over a year in the limits of second police district of Mazar-i-Sharif. But she says recent clashes, insecurities and increasing crimes in the city have negatively impacted her business.
ZARANJ (Pajhwok): A 52-year-old resident who has resolved more than 600 disputes in Nimroz province in the past 20 years says, if given the opportunity, she will talk to female rebels in insurgent-controlled areas.
Through negotiations with women militants, she wants to encourage their men renounce the insurgency and embrace peace.
Shah Gul Gulzada, a resident of Zaranj, the provincial capital, before studying midwifery, graduated from the 12th grade.
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): A woman who lost her leg in a suicide bombing in northern Baghlanb province says she has been struggling with huge problems since her disability and sees peace the only solution to all her pains.
Raqiba, 43, is a resident of Baghlan province, who was disabled on her leg in a suicide bomb blast in 2007 in Baghlan-i-Markazi district of the province.
The attack, which targeted members of the Economy Commission of the Wolesi Jirga, killed six lawmakers and several children and civilians. A large number of other people were injured in the incident.
KABUL (Pajhwok): Poet and writer Gul Agha Ahmadi Wardak, who through his writing has been working for peace since years, says the people of Afghanistan demand peace in their prayers in the hope that their yearnings will bear fruit and God will accept their prayers.
Born in 1966 in the Guldara village of Jaghato district in Maidan Wardak province, Ahmadi is currently living in capital Kabul with his family.
Known for his peace poems, Ahmadi who holds a master’s degree, has served in different government institutions at different capacity.
ABUL (Pajhwok): As he sits on a footway, the young Taliban fighter put his Kalashnikov on a big stone and sadly said: “I did not know I had no other option. I got angry about the novel, but then I thought yes many people suffered due to my activities.”
MAZARI-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The killing of a prosecutor in a suicide attack on the attorney office in northern Balkh province has negatively affected his family, his son complains.
On April 9, 2015, a group of suicide bombers attacked the office of appellant court prosecutor, killing 18 people and injured 67 others. A seven hours clash followed.
The 70 years old Abdul Khaliq Lalpurwal, ex-head of the attorney office, was one of the killed people in the brazen attack.
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): It was the fourth day of Ramadan. After a long and hot day, people were having Iftar when a massive explosion shook Kandahar City, an old man narratesa harrowing six years old story.
On Aug 26, 2009, more than 40 civilians were killed and 65 others wounded in the powerful explosion, which devastated dozens of shops near the Spogmai wedding hall on the Ahmad Shahi Stadium road in the sixth police district.