Only interim government can bring peace, says Hamdard
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Former governor and key member of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan Juma Khan Hamdard on Thursday said power monopoly in northern Afghanistan and denying key political parties their participation in the government were main reasons behind the ongoing conflict in the country.
Addressing tribal elders, religious scholars and the youth in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, Hamdard said those who monopolized power in the north were now unable to deal with the ongoing situation there. However, he did not name anyone.
The former governor said the central government alone could not prevent the conflict in the north. Hamdard said he arrived in the north to defend people's rights and end injustices meted out to them. He warned of widespread protests if people were denied their rights.
“In the past, I defended my people with tanks. Now if someone denies them their rights, I will fill all the roads in the north with people,…so many people that they will not be removed with tanks. “
Hamdard said had the Hezb-i-Islami and the Taliban been invited to the Bonn conference, Afghanistan would not have been in its current crisis. “After the Bonn conference, most government officials belonged to the same village and due to that injustice, the Hezb-i-Islami and many Afghans rose in opposition of the government.”
He said the Hezb-i-Islami had been in contact with the Afghan government regarding peace over the past few years, but the government had no clear stance. He said an interim government should be installed to end the conflict and bring peace, adding without such a set up, peace would continue to elude Afghanistan.
He said the Afghans were fed up with the current situation and if their demands were not considered, it would result in a huge crisis. Hamdard said he distanced himself from the government after people’s land and properties were usurped.
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