‘Hekmatyar won’t enter Kabul until sanctions lifted’
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): A senior Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) member on Wednesday said HIA leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar would not enter Kabul unless all sanctions against his group were removed.
Jumma Khan Hamdard, a senior HIA member and former Paktia governor, was addressing a gathering in Gardez, the provincial capital, held in support of the peace process.
Besides other HIA members, Habib Rahman Hekmatyar, son of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, also participated in the meeting.
Hamdard said only the first phase of the peace agreement between the Afghan government and the HIA had been implemented and the remaining phases should also be implemented.
However, he did not explain the phases, but said the government should follow the agreement and give it a practical shape.
The negotiations between the government and the HIA succeeded because they were intra-Afghan, and because no foreigner had participated in the talks, he said.
Some steps still needed to be taken for a nationwide stability and talking to Taliban was one of the most important issues the government should pay attention to, he said.
Fortunately, he said, the Taliban had recently showed wilingness for negotiations.
Differences in the leadership of the government, poor management, private militias and natural resources smuggling were main obstacles to the peace process, Hamdard said.
Habib Rahman Hekmatyar said independence of the Afghan government and non-interference of foreigners in Afghanistan had been their only goal during the past 15 years.
He said foreigners continued to choose Afghan authorities and the administrative corruption was mostly created by foreigners.
The HIA since its foundation wanted an elections-based government system, he said. He believed foreigners sponsored the election processes and elected individuals of their choice.
Paktia high peace council head, Mulavi Khaliqdad, called the peace agreement between the Afghan government and the HIA as important and said the agreement would help stabilize Afghanistan.
“It is now the time for talks with Taliban and all sides should support it”, he said.
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