Kabul protestors rally against govt-HIA peace deal
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of residents of capital Kabul on Thursday protested against a landmark peace agreement between the government and the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), calling the deal as ‘national treason’ that should be cancelled as soon as possible.
About 200 people gathered in Park-i-Shahr area of Kabul and were chanting slogans: “The return of executioner Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to Kabul is treason” “If America and its puppets forgive Hekmatyar, people will never forgive him.”
The protestors shouted “impunity to HIA members would lead to bloodshed,” “We would never forgive Kabul executioner.”
Sili Ghafar, one of the members of Afghanistan Solidarity Party who participated the protest, said: “The peace dealt with HIA, a party that was involved in killing people, firing rockets and serving foreigners would bring nothing but bloodshed.”
She called the deal ‘a national treason’ and said: “giving impunity to Hekmatyar, government jobs to HIA members, privileging them with townships and high amounts of money prove the current government is the worst of its kind in our history.”
Calling Hekmatyar a CIA puppet, Ghafar said America brought him to government and completed the group of criminal gangs as part of its colonial policy.
“Hekmatyar has no different from other terrorist groups such as Daesh and Taliban, but unfortunately the government made a peace deal with him,” she said.
The peace agreement was signed by High Peace Council (HPC) Chairman Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani and National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar.
HIA peace delegation head Eng. Mohammad Amin Karim and political affairs head Ghairat Baher affixed their signatures to the pact, the first of its kind since 2001, which is expected to help boost prospects for lasting peace in the country.
Article 9 of the agreement says: “Jihadi leader Gulbadin Hikmatyar, through a special presidential decree, would be given an extraordinary honour and privilege for his effort for peace and stability in the country.”
The HIA chief could choose two or three areas for his residence in the country and the government would provide all expenses of his living in addition to ensuring his security.
Under the agreement, protection of national interest and enforcement of the rule of law will be a joint responsibility of the two parties, which agreed the Afghans could ward off any threat though unity.
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