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National Consensus: HIA, JIA promise end to differences

National Consensus: HIA, JIA promise end to differences

Sep 17, 2017 - 18:24

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA) and the Jamiat-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistan (JIA) have promised to avoid engaging in disputes and not to harm national interests, the Afghanistan National Consensus Party said on Sunday.

The two parties --- HIA and JIA --- have been indulged in infighting since the demise of former president Dr. Mohammad Najibullah in 1996.

When the US invaded Afghanistan and the Talibaninfo-icon regime collapsed about one and a half decade back, the HIA stood against the new Afghan government and Afghanistan-based foreign forces but the JIA remained part of the government.

But last year, the HIA signed a landmark peace deal with the Afghan government and its supreme leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar recently came out of shadows and arrived in Kabul.

The two political parties have once again indulged in propaganda against each other.

The National Consensus Party head, Mohammad Ibrahim Alokozay, said differences between the two parties had worried people.

A party statement quoted Alokozai as saying his party’s delegation met twice with Gulbadin Hekmtatyar and once with JIA’s CEO and Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor.

The delegation first met with Hekmatyar, who had some suggestions and views and conveyed his message to Noor, he said.

In their meeting with Noor, he said, the JIA assured full support to the peace process and said the JIA had no differences with HIA and the party it was committed to serving national interests and working for peace, stability and unity.

When the delegation met again Hekmatyar, the former warlord also held similar views and said past events must be forgotten.

Hekmatyar said the HIA had no differences with JIA or Noor, adding his party was committed to coexistence and ready for any kind of talks to ensure security for upcoming elections in the country.

“Both the respected leaders assured us of being committed to Afghanistan’s national interests,” Alokozai said.

HIA media wing’s member, Mohammad Nadar, confirmed to Pajhwok that the national consensus delegation had met with the HIA leader.

“The delegation said they would mediate and resolve the differences, but Hekmatyar told them that we have no difference with anyone even not with other parties and that our work is only aimed at strengthening security,” Nadar said.

Balkh governor’s spokesman, Munir Farhad, also confirmed the delegation, which also contained two womeninfo-icon, had met the JIA’s CEO Atta Mohammad Noor.

“The governor told the delegation that JIA supports any kind of steps that result in people’s wellbeing, success, peace and rule of law,” Farhad added.


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