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HIA ready for peace talks if foreign interference ends

HIA ready for peace talks if foreign interference ends

Feb 23, 2016 - 12:40

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA), led by Eng. Gulbadin Hekmatyar, said on Tuesday it would take part in peace negotiations if foreigners stayed aloof from the process.

Dr. Ghairat Baheer, head of the group’s political wing, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the HIA welcomed President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s offer of negotiations.

Earlier, the president had asked Hekmatyar to join the ongoing peace effort so that durable peace and stability could be ensured in the country.

In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Baheer said the HIA supported intra-Afghan dialogue on ending the ongoing conflict in the country.

He said Afghanistan was home to all Afghans, who reserved the right to decide their future. Peace was the demand of all Afghans, he acknowledged, saying everyone wanted the war to end.

Baheer called for an immediate end to interference from foreigners in the internal affairs of Afghanistan. The HIA wanted foreigners to respect Afghanistan’s sovereignty and integrity, he said.

The Afghans, who had the smarts to handle their affairs, should be allowed to create a system of government that suited them best, Hekmatyar’s aide commented.

He believed the ongoing war in Afghanistan would end soon if the US empowered the Afghan government to seek a solution in consultation with all political parties.

If the US should let the Afghans decide their future, the HIA would participate in the peace talks, Baheer maintained, opposing foreign interference.



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