Afghans hope for lasting peace after govt-HIA deal
The agreement was signed successfully between the government and the Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led HIA in capital Kabul on Thursday.
Qudratullah, a resident of Aino Mina area of the capital of southern Kandahar province, told Pajhwok Afghan News that people were happy after the peace agreement between the two sides was signed after a long wait.
He said people were tired of war and destructions and they became happy with every step taken towards peace in the country.
Izzatullah, another resident of Kandahar City, said hopes about lasting peace increased after the government and the HIA signed peace agreement.
The successful talks between the government and the HIA would encourage other armed opponents to come forward and join the peace process, he believed.
A resident of Mirwais Mina area of Kandahar City, Abdul Malik, held similar views but asked the HIA to adopt policing that served the national interests and shun negative policies.
The HIA position would become strong if it chose a positive policy, he said, asking other militant groups to follow in HIA footsteps and accept the reconciliation process.
Ghulam Sarwar, a resident of the capital of western Herat province, said people were fed up with the war and violence in the country and they needed durable peace. He hoped the peace agreement would pave the way for permanent peace in Afghanistan.
Farid Ahmad, a resident of eighth police district of Herat, hoped other militant groups would learn from the peace agreement and shun insurgency and contribute to stability in the country.
However, Asadullah Habibi, a political science student in Herat University, said: “I do not think people would get the result they expected from this peace agreement. If history is any guide, past governments who struck peace deals with HIA in the past 30 years had caused the sides to clash, but anyways we hope this agreement would give fruitful results.”
Mohammad Kamran, a resident of southern Ghazni province, said the peace agreement with HIA had many advantages and it would encourage other militant groups to join the peace process. He asked other armed opponents to stop violence and join the peace process.
Resident and writer from Ghazni City, Mohammad Arif Noori, called the reconciliation with Hekmatyar a good step, but said the agreement would not leave any impact on security situation of the country.
Mohammad Anwar, another dweller of Ghazni, said the government should enter peace deals with Taliban who he said had an active role in the country’s instability.
Mohammad Reza, a resident of central Bamyan province, said there was no better way than peace to stop violence and destruction in the country.
However, he said: “The Afghan people and the insurgent groups should think about achieving peace because some neighboring countries do not want peace in Afghanistan and they interfere in our country’s affairs.”
A culturist from Bamyan, Mohammad Asghar Fahimi, said the peace deal with HIA was good, but giving the group impunity was a violation of Afghans’ rights.
Mohammad Anwar Zahid, a resident of Khost province, was optimistic about the peace agreement and told Pajhwok that the step would also motivate Taliban militants to abandon violence and take the HIA path.
The peace agreement between the government and the HIA sent a message to Taliban that they would finally join the peace process even if they continued fighting for another 20 years, Omar Khan, another resident of Khost, said.
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