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Hekmatyar’s presence in Kabul helpful for peace: poll

Hekmatyar’s presence in Kabul helpful for peace: poll

Apr 29, 2017 - 16:17

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA) supreme leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar’s decision to end violence and choose the path of reconciliation could usher into a new beginning towards lasting peace and stability in the country, an opinion poll conducted on Saturday showed.

Hekmatyar addressed the media and a gathering for the first time on Saturday after his party inked a historic peace agreement with the government last year.

Abdul Jamil Sharifi, a government civil servant, welcomed Hekmatyar’s decision to end violence and join the peace process. He said reconciliation was a gift from Allah and every party renouncing violence were welcomed.

On Hekmatyar’s involvement in killing of common people during the civil war, he said whenever the bloodshed stopped, it was good for the people and the country.

Najibullah Askar, another resident of Kabul province, said Hekmatyar’s return was a good beginning for peace and stability. All Afghans were desperate for peace and stability in the country, he added.

He hoped Hekmatyar after joining the peace process would work to earn good name.

Farhad Jalalzai, a resident of Ghazni province: said: “Hekmatyar’s presence will strength the bid for peace. We are tired of war and misfortunes and everyone who joins the peace process should be welcomed.”

With no end in sight for the conflict in Afghanistan, Hekmatyar should play his role in bringing peace and stability to the war-torn country, the Ghazni dweller said.

Syed Nesar Jalalzai, a resident of Kunduz province, said Hekmatyar’s joining of the peace process was welcomed move. He said he saw Kunduz province falling to the Talibaninfo-icon two years back.

Abdullah Azemi, a resident of Bamyan province, hoped Hekmatyar’s joining of the mainstream politics might help peace and stability in the country.

Haroon Samim, a resident of Kandahar province, said: “The Taliban should learn from Hekmatyar and join the peace process.” He believed Hekmatyar could encourage the Taliban to join the peace process.



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