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US troop surge won’t help end Afghan war: Hekmatyar

US troop surge won’t help end Afghan war: Hekmatyar

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Sep 19, 2017 - 19:43

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA) leadership says it doesn’t seek unhealthy competition or war with any group, asking all political parties to become united for the sake of emerging the country from crises.

HIA supreme leader, Gulbadin Hekmatyar, on his first trip to western Herat province since joining the peace process, addressed a gathering of HIA supporters in the huge central mosqueinfo-icon.

In his speech, the HIA leader said they had never opened a war front warfare against any group or individual and those fought against the HIA in the past were now again out to start a war. “However, the HIA forgives them.”

“We don’t want unhealthy competition with any political party and we also do not have any intention of engaging in war. War isn’t a solution.”

Hekmatyar alleged some circles who were part of the system were attempting to weaken the system, requesting such people to shun their actions in the sensitive situation the country was passing through. He asked all groups and political parties to join hands for saving the country from slipping into a new crisis.

The HIA leader, criticizing what he said the lack of government’s control over all Afghanistan, said parallel governments and departments had been established on provincial and ministerial levels and that should be eradicated because it was in favour of none.

Hekmatyar called on insurgents to tolerate the incumbent government for another 10 months. “You can attain power by contesting elections.”

He likened the Afghanistan’s war with former Soviet Union’s invasion, saying war had never been a solution. He said the US with the troop surge couldn’t bring the Afghanistan war to a logical conclusion.

Hekmatyar slammed neighboring countries interferences and warned the Afghan war would spill over to them if not controlled.

“This war is imposed upon us from the outside. We ask all neighboring countries not to invest in fuelling the Afghan war, do not send weapons to Afghanistan, don’t exploit the poverty of Afghans and don’t recruit them as mercenary fighters.”

He said there were good and bad among the Talibaninfo-icon and stressed coordination and understanding between the government and political parties in reconciling and solving problems of the ‘good’ Taliban.

“We ask all political groups to come forward and resolve the issues of ‘good’ Taliban and accept their legitimate demands. In my view, good Taliban are ones who are tired of fighting, but they are obliged to fight. They want to drop weapons and join peace.”

Meanwhile, Hekmatyar said, residents of relatively unstable areas shouldn’t be deprived of the voting right in upcoming elections because 60 percent of the country’s territory was under government’s writ where the Independent Election Commission should set up polling stations and hold polls.

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