HIA leader asks Taliban to join reconciliation process
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar, expressed his condolences over the killing of Mullah Akhtar Mansour, on Wednesday urged the group to evolve a joint peace strategy to pull the country out of crisis.
Ghairat Baheer, in charge of HIA’s political wing, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the former prime minister had outlined the view in a condolences message sent to the Taliban leadership.
“I express heartfelt condolences on the behalf of HIA to Mullah Akhtar Mansour’s family, his supporters and to the whole Taliban rank and file and leadership,” Hekmatyar was quoted as saying in the message.
“If you [Taliban] don’t have the capacity to agree on a grand strategy for peace and stability in the country, at least we can reach a deal on refusing to follow the path of enmity or use harsh language against one another by eliminating the sources that are trying to pit one group against the other,” he added.
He also suggested the Taliban be careful about future challenges, just like the HIA was. He showed his eagerness to ink a similar deal with the Taliban as the group was about to sign with Afghan government.
The HIA leader asked the Taliban if they rejected his suggestion, they should not interfere in his party’s policies and let the group work smoothly. The HIA had also rendered scarifies for the country, Hekmatyar claimed.
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