More than 250 Zabul village and district elders from throughout the province attended a jirga held May 7 in the capital city of Qalat. Minister Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, chief executive of the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program, was amongst the many who traveled to the province's capital city to discuss security, peace, and reintegration programs, and the future of the people in the province and the country. The minister's two-day visit yielded several productive meetings regarding the local provincial peace council and the future reintegration of Taliban commanders and fighters, and the contract signing of the Provincial Joint Secretariat Team. Other key officials from Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security and High Peace Council, the Afghan National Army and Police, several provincial district governors, members of the newly approved Zabul Provincial Joint Secretariat Team, as well as members of the local provincial reconstruction team and the International Security Assistance Force were also present.
Zabul jirga. Afghanistan, 2011.