Security transition mere propaganda: HIA
KABUL (PAN): The Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), the second largest insurgent group after the Taliban, led by former premier Gulbuddin Hikmatyar, on Monday called the security transition to Afghan forces as "a mere propaganda."
President Hamid Karzai has announced the first areas where Afghan forces will take over the control of security responsibility. The areas include capitals of Panjsher, Bamyan, Kabul, Laghman, Helmand, Balkh and Herat.
"The Afghan forces are already based in these areas, but they have failed to keep the security," a statement from the HIA spokesman, Haroon Zarghon, quoted Hikmatyar as saying.
"There are no foreign forces in Bamyan and Panjsher, then how can be the security responsibilities handed over to Afghan forces there," he asked.
Karzai had repeated "his previous meaningless and useless statements" in his new year's speech, Hikmatyar said.
The HIA also denied it had role in burning schools and clinics, blaming a US security company "Black Waters, for the same.
"Under the pretext of security hand over, the US generals want to withdraw forces for their low-morale in Afghanistan," the jihadi leader said.
Hikmatyar said US and its allies must leave Afghanistan without any condition.
He also said insurgents joining the peace process were not real fighters. "They are not real and have been produced intelligence agencies," he allaged.
The HIA leader urged Afghan youth to rise and stand up against the government like in Egypt, Tunis, Yemen and other Islamic countries.
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