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Lawmakers hit back at Saleh over controversial remarks

Lawmakers hit back at Saleh over controversial remarks

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May 13, 2017 - 18:22

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon (WJ) members on Saturday criticized recent comments of Amrullah Saleh, state minister in security affairs reforms and appointments, and said recalling dark history was never in Afghanistaninfo-icon’s interest and any harm to the peace process should be avoided.

Saleh on Friday accused Gulbdin Hekmatyar, Amir of the Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), for having hand in the killing of innocent people in the past 17 years and said Hekmatyar did not say anything about it in his recent public appearance.

The former head of the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) said he was not against peace talks, but Hekmatyar’s welcome by the government at the Presidential Palace was a mistake.

Mohammad Iqbal Safi, a lawmaker from Kapisa province, said: “When Mujahidin liberated Kapisa province from occupation, Saleh was working in a showroom in Kabul. Saleh by accusing Hekmatyar wants to promote himself and such comments may pave the ground for clashes between different parties.” 

Obaidullah Barakzai, another lawmaker from Uruzgan province, also criticised Saleh’s comment regarding Hekmatyar and said: “We will not allow anybody to seek the trial of HIA head. Some individuals in the government and outside the government involved in huge crimes and even burned hundreds of people inside a container.”

He warned recalling the past would pave the way for future internal clashes and unrest, stressing such comments should be avoided in the future.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said the conflict of four past decades resulted into destruction and divisions and media, civil societyinfo-icon activists and political parties should not raise questions over the peace process.

He termed the success of peace talks with HIA a huge step and voiced on the people, activists, political parties and media to support peace process so that other militant groups could be encouraged to join the peace talks through an Afghan owned initiative.

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