Gulbuddin-led HIA begins peace talks with HPC
KABUL (Pajhwok): A delegation of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) militant group, led by Gulbuddin Hikmatyar, on Thursday formally entered negotiations over the peace process with the High Peace Council (HPC) in Kabul.
HPC public relations director Abdur Rahman Hamid told Pajhwok Afghan News the two-member HIA delegation led by Eng. Karim Amin arrived to Kabul on Thursday and officially started peace talks with Syed Ahmad Gilani, the HPC chairman.
Other members of the HIA delegation included Atiqullah Safai, After their meeting with Gilani, the HIA delegation head Eng. Karim Amin and HPC secretary Ayub Rafiqi breifly appeared at a joint press conference, but they avoided questions from reporters.
The delegation met Gilani, his deputy Karim Khalili and other members of the HPC, Rafiqi said, adding the meeting raised hopes for further achievements of the HPC.
Amin said they decided to join the peace process after being requested by the Afghan government and the HPC.
He said they had come to Kabul with three demands including the restoration of Afghanistan’s national sovereignty, the establishment of a legitimate Islamic system and ensuring political, social and economic justice. He insisted on inter-Afghan dialogue for the resolution to the Afghan conflict.
Recently, the HIA, the second largest militant group after the Taliban, announced it would participate in the peace talks and Ghairat Bahir, Qazi Hakim would represent the group in the quadrilateral talks involving Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US.
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