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Peace deal to be signed today or tomorrow, says HIA

Peace deal to be signed today or tomorrow, says HIA

Sep 21, 2016 - 09:15

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA), the second largest militant outfit after Talibaninfo-icon, hopes a peace deal with the Ashraf Ghani administration will be signed in a day or two.

A senior HIA leader, privy to peace negotiations with the Afghan government, pledged the party would announce a ceasefire and join mainstream politics once the pact was inked.

The Express Tribune quoted the unnamed HIA leader as saying: “The signing ceremony will either be held on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning.”

According to the daily, the source was a member of the HIA’s 13-member delegation that negotiated with High Peace Councilinfo-icon members and other Afghan leaders.

“I can confirm that the agreement would be signed either on Wednesday or Thursday,” said another negotiator of the party. Ghairat Baheer, the HIA political committee chief, will lead the delegation. Amin Karim will sign the deal.

On Monday, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah said he was closely monitoring peace negotiations with the Gulbadin Hikmatyar-led group.

There was no problem in concluding the peace agreement the HIA, the CEO told a cabinet meeting. The Afghans badly needed peace and there was no obstacle to the process, he observed.

“We recently heard comments that we do not want peace, but we assure people that we have always supported reconciliation process with HIA. We have been involved in making the talks fruitful,” Abdullah said.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud


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