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Balkh residents welcome Helmand peace marchers to Mazar-e-Sharif

Salaam Times

MAZAR-E-SHARIF -- Balkh residents and members of the provincial council welcomed members of the People's Peace Movement, a group of peace activists, as they arrived in Mazar-e-Sharif Friday (September 14), TOLOnews reported.

The peace marchers walked barefoot for 34 days to reach Mazar-e-Sharif after leaving Kabul.

While gathered in Ferdowsi Circle, the activists said that everyone they met on their way from Kabul to Mazar-e-Sharif seeks peace and is demanding an end to the Afghan war.

"There is no power bigger than Almighty Allah's. Keeping that thought in our minds, we left our homes to bring the people together and to raise our voices for peace," said Iqbal Khyber, the leader of the peace movement.

The People's Peace Movement began its peace march May 13, when participants started walking 700km from Lashkargah, Helmand Province, to Kabul. The march occurred after a car bomb blew up outside a local sports stadium in Lashkargah, killing at least 17 civilians and wounding 55.

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