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US, UN urged to remove HIA members’ names from blacklists

US, UN urged to remove HIA members’ names from blacklists

May 15, 2016 - 19:56

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) on Sunday urged the United States and the United Nations to remove names of the Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA) leader and members from their blacklists.

Over the past two months, the HIA militant wing has been negotiating a peace deal with the Afghan government and the two sides have confirmed they are near to finalise a peace deal and sign it over the next two months.

Advisor to HPC Mohammad Ismael Qasimyar told a gathering conducted by IWPR that the Afghan government and the HIA were about reach an agreement.

“We did not come across any problem during talks with the HIA delegation and the talks proceeded in a brotherly environmentinfo-icon and we will witness positive results,” he said.

To a question whether the UNSC and the US would drop HIA leader Gulbuddin Hikmatyar’s and other members names from their blacklists, he said the peace process was Afghan-led and foreigners should accept their decision and should respect them.

“They (HIA) have asked for removal of the names from the US blacklist and we are hopeful to get a positive response (from the US).

A professor at Al-Azhar university of Egypt, Dr. Mohammad Salim Mohammad Abu Aasi, talked on the importance and peace in accordance with teachings of Islam.

He said wars prevented Muslims from ibadah (worship to Allah) and Muslims could not confidently carry out their daily life.

“It is compulsory on Muslims to rise for peace. Accepting the peace call is compulsory in Islam and rejecting peace talks is harran (forbidden) in Islam, so we should also welcome peace talks,” he said.

A member of the Ulemainfo-icon Council, Mohammad Qasim Halimi, said the word “Khair” (good) was used in Islam for peace, so efforts for peace was a duty of all, he said while calling on anti-government elements to accept the peace offer from the Afghan government and end the current crises in Afghanistan.

“After the withdrawal of foreign troops, there is no excuse for the continuation of war. The current war is haram because Muslims are being killed by Muslims,” he said.

Deputy Borders and Tribal Affairs Minister Abdul Ghafoor Liwal said prevention of drug traffickers and intelligence agents from crossing the country’s borders could help maintain peace and tribes residing near the borders could play a crucial role in this regard.



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