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Hekmatyar’s interview sparks verbal clash in Senate

Hekmatyar’s interview sparks verbal clash in Senate

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Sep 15, 2019 - 18:23

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA) chief Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s recent interview sparked verbal clashes among Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon members on Sunday before it was decided not to speak in support or against any presidential candidate in the upper house.

Hekmatyar during an interview with Tolo News on Saturday night said that he did not consider Ahmad Shah Massoud, commander of the northern allianceinfo-icon and former King Amanullah Khan as national heroes.

Lawmaker Zalmai Zabuli said Amanullah Khan stood against the British and got Afghanistan’s Independence. He was a hero and the history would remember him as a hero.

Referring to the HIA chief’s rejection to call Ahmad Shah Massoud as a national hero, Zabuli said politicians should resolve their party differences and refrain from disturbing the lives of people of Afghanistan.

Faisal Sami Naeb, Mesharano Jirgainfo-icon secretary, said since his return, Hekmatyar often made statements which had negative consequences. He demanded that being a leader, Hekmatyar should not issue statements which could spark public reaction.

As Rahmatullah Achakzai, another member of the upper house, said that former Pakistaninfo-icon’s President Ziaulhaq’s son had influence on Hekmatyar and that’s was why he would never speak in the interest of Afghanistan.

Achakzai’s remarks sparked verbal clash between HIA member Ghairat Baheer and Achakzai. Baheer claimed if Achakzai proved his remarks, he would resign from his post.

He said whatever Hekmatyar said in his interview, it was right because Amanullah Khan wanted to introduce western culture in Afghanistan.

Referring to the verbal clash between Ghairat Baheer and Achakzai, Senate Chairman Fazal HadiMuslimyar said that the upper house should remain neutral in presidential election as it had been in the past.

Muslimyar said the nation had acknowledged Amanullah Khan and Ahmad Shah Masoud as national heroes and this should not be rejected.

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