The People’s Peace Movement have moved their sit in protest to the Iranian embassy in Kabul and called on the people of Iran to put pressure on their government to help Afghanistan in achieving peace.
Some members of the movement said they are ready to sacrifice their lives for peace and that they will continue the initiative until peace has been achieved.
“This movement will continue until our death and we hope that peace will be ensured as soon as possible. We hope that everyone will join us as we move forward,” said Pacha Khan Mawladad, a member of People’s Peace Movement.
The activists meanwhile erected a blue tent in the street outside the embassy and pasted a number of posters on the embassy’s T-walls.
One People’s Peace Movement poster on the embassy’s T-wall reads “To the people of Iran! Your government is equipping militant groups in Afghanistan.”
Another poster reads “To the people of Iran! Our water is saving your life but your government is taking our lives”.
Other posters of the movement on the T-wall read “To the people of Iran! The current situation in Afghanistan is bad for us but it is not beneficial for you as well.”
Also “To the people of Iran! Put pressure on your government to participate in Afghan peace process.”
The peace activists have so far staged sit-in protests outside embassies of US, Russia, Pakistan and outside the UN office in Kabul.
“Our children are waiting for us at home. We have big families. But this movement is sacred even if it costs us our personal lives,” said Sardar Mohammad Abid, a member of the movement.
The activists arrived in Kabul last month after walking for 38 days from Helmand.
One young member of the movement, Sardar Mohammad Sarwari, was a tailor in Helmand.
“Our lives in Afghanistan are simply that we will die one by one. This movement is worth it even if it costs us our lives,” said Sarwari.
Members of the peace movement said the UK embassy in Kabul is their next destination for a sit-in protest.
On Wednesday, People’s Peace Movement activists sent a bloodstained letter to the United Nations calling for an end to the war.
The activists, who held a 15-day sit-in protest outside Pakistan embassy in Kabul, said on Wednesday that no Pakistani officials had met with them in this time.
They said Wednesday’s letter was for the UN but they addressed it to “the people of Pakistan and the world” and said the bloodshed is due to the “Pakistan’s intelligence, army and government”.
They accused Pakistan of supporting the war against Afghan forces and called for an immediate end to the bloodshed.
The letter signed and dated July 25, 2018, was handed over to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), they said adding that they have asked UNAMA to send the letter on to the United Nations headquarters.
In a symbolic gesture of all the lives lost in Afghanistan in the 17-year-old war, the activists also smeared the letter with their own blood.
Using a sharp knife, several activists sliced the palms of their hands, and then wiped their blood on the letter.
The peace activists left the Pakistan embassy on Wednesday afternoon and moved to the Iranian embassy.