Jirga calls for start of peace talks with Taliban
An Afghan peace assembly Friday issued a non-binding declaration calling on the Afghan government and the Taliban to start peace talks, DPA reported.
It also called on the Afghan and NATO-led international forces to release Taliban prisoners and who had "unknowingly chosen the wrong path and those prisoners where is no evidence against them" as a gesture of good will.
The 16-article declaration was announced by Qeyamuddin Kashaf, the peace jirga's deputy chairman, on the final day of the three-day meeting.
The government was also asked to form a high peace commission, which should include representatives from all provinces and districts, to work on the peace process.
Furthermore, the government was tasked to ensure the safety of those insurgents who join the peace process, the declaration said.