Hikmatyar to Ghani: Seize the peace opportunity
KAUL (Pajhwok): Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader Gulbadin Hikmatyar has said his party is not interested in power-sharing and asked President Ashraf Ghani not to lose the opportunity of bringing peace to the country.
In his Eid message, Hikmatyar congratulated his supporters, the people of Afghanistan and prayed for peace and stability in the country. Afghanistan would soon become independent and its people would choose good leaders, he hoped.
While stressing the early withdrawal of international troops, the ex-prime minister called on the Afghans to resolve their differences peacefully and play a role in ending the conflict in the country.
The man, who has been in hiding for the past 15 years, urged President Ghani not to lose the opportunity of enforcing peace and security in the country. The HIA had been engaged in talks with Kabul for the past two months.
“Don’t allow the peace process to be derailed by the individuals who have been striving for perpetrating the conflict, working for the foreigners and pursuing a proxy war in the country.
“They have come to power with the help of foreigners and are involved in the bloodshed of the Afghans. They still insiston the presence of foreigners and want the continuation of fighting in the country,” he remarked.
He asked US President Barack Obama not to listen to the individuals who advised him to keep troops in Afghanistan and wanted the war to drag on. He demanded the US to let the Afghans decide their future and support an Afghan-led reconciliation process.
In his message, Hikmatyar strongly opposed fighting against the Afghan security forces and directed his fighters not to target them.
The elusive HIA chief explained he did not want to become a partner in the government and would become part of it only when he could serve the nation in an effective manner.
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