HIA negotiator optimistic of dialogue with government

The Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan says it has no preconditions for peace parleys with government, but will never compromise Islamic principles.

In an exclusive interview with Q Afghan News, the HIA delegation’s chief, Eng. Mohammad Amin Karim, sounded optimistic about the outcome of peace talks.

But he also spoke of pressures on President Ashraf Ghani, saying some individuals were trying to create hurdles to the reconciliation effort. Karim particularly questioned the silence of Prof. Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf.

The HIA leader said they had found President Ashraf Ghani fully committed to, and genuinely interested in, the peace dialogue — a goal shared by his Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.

While ruling out compromise on the country’s core interests, he hoped the HIA would achieve its goal – national sovereignty and defence of people’s rights – through political talks. It should be a goal, not a condition, he explained.

About guarantee of the execution of a possible agreement with the government, Karim said that the UN, friendly countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the High Pace Council and the Ulema Council could play a key role in trust-building.

From the HIA point of view, he said, there should be no role for Pakistan in the intra-Afghans peace parleys. The government of Afghanistan was committed to resolving knotty issues in the peace process with the US, he added.

By Mohammad Halim Karimi

Source: Pajhwok

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