Gulbuddin Hekmatyar challenged Atta Muhammad Noor

The leader of Hezb-e Islami, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has challenged the former Balkh governor, Atta Muhammad Noor to recapture the Chamtal district instead of seizing the Presidential Palace (ARG).

Previously, Atta Mohammad Noor, Chief Executive of Jamiat-e-Islami party in an interview with Ariananews has claimed that if “foreigners” allow him he can seize the Presidential Palace (ARG) in three days.

“Noor cannot capture only one district. Seizing the Presidential Palace is a big issue. Some parts of Balkh province are under the control of Taliban,” Hekmatyar told Ariananews.

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Hekmatyar offers all-out support to Taliban if the group opts peace talks

The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has offered an all-out support to Taliban if the group opts to participate in peace talks with the Afghan government.

Hekmatyar made the offer during his visit to southeastern Paktia and Khost provinces where he met with supporters of his party during his three-day stay.

He said the ongoing conflict has no winner and will burn the Afghan nation since this is a conflict among the Afghan people and only the nation will suffer.

Calling on Taliban to join peace process, Hekmatyar said Hezb-e-Islami is prepared for an all-out support if the group agrees to start peace talks with the Afghan governmet.

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Hekmatyar: Washington and Moscow maintain the violence in the country

In an interview with the Al-Jazeera, Hekmatyar said the ongoing war and violence in the country has been left as a legacy to the NATO forces by the former Soviet forces.

Hekmatyar further added that the country is not facing a new war but it is the same old war with the similar formation as NATO supports the same forces that were supporting the Soviet forces.

According to Hekmatyar, Washington and Moscow once had a similar view regarding Afghanistan, blaming the two countries that they had reached to an agreement to maintain the violence in the country and prevent the formation of a Islamic government under leadership of the Mujahideens, with Hezb-e-Islami remaining the main focus.

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Hekmatyar presents his ‘reform plan’ to IEC

Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar says in the current situation there is no possibility of forming interim government or bringing changes in electoral system as the party presented its “reform plan” to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday.

Citizens having the right to cast vote, allowing the political parties to oversee the election process, preparing the list of voters and ensuring the security of election are the key issues of the presented plan of Hezb-i-Islami.

“There is neither agreement on forming the interim government, especially at this short period of time, nor possibility of changing the commission bodies,” Hekmatyar said at a joint press conference on Saturday.

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Noor Accuses Hekmatyar of Cooperating Daesh in Afghanistan

Atta Mohammad Noor, the governor of Balkh province on Friday accused Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hezb-e Islami, for cooperating with the Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan.

“You [Hekmatyar] have announced allegiance to Daesh. There is no doubt that you are cooperating and providing guidance to Daesh. You are somehow either directly or indirectly responsible for all these massacres,” Noor said while he was speaking at a gathering for Eid al-Adha in Balkh.

He warned to stand against Hekmatyar until he hasn’t denounced his support for the IS militant group.

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Hekmatyar concerned as several Hezb-e-Islami members arrested

The leader of Hezb-e-Islami has expressed concerns regarding the arrest of a number of Hezb-e-Islami members.

Hekmatyar informed regarding the arrest of the party’s members during a meeting with the local tribal elders of southeastern Paktia province.

He said some special circles have started to arrest some of the members of Hezb-e-Islami during the recent days but the party continuous to practice restraint.

The leader of Hezb-e-Islami did not disclose further information regarding the main reason behind the apprehension of the party’s members and where they were arrested.

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Hekmatyar slams Iranian President for his remarks regarding construction of water dams

The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin hekmatyar slammed the Iranian President for his remarks regarding the construction of water dams in Afghanistan.

Speaking during a press conference in Kabul, Hekmatyar said no one has the right to give orders or warn the Afghan people.

Hekmatyar further added that no one has the right to interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan, urging Iran to respect the water treaty between the two nations.

According to Hekmatyar, such remarks are considered as a threat and urged the Iran to cooperate with Afghanistan as a good neighbor.

In the meantime, Hekmatyar urged the neighboring countries of Afghanistan, specifically Iran and Pakistan, to play their role in helping the Afghan government to ensure peace in Afghanistan.

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Hekmatyar reacts at Noor, Dostum, and Mohaqiq’s coalition

The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin in his reaction regarding the formation of the new coalition has said that his party will support any move or step that strengthens the current system.

However, he has warned that his party together with the support of the people will stand against any such moves and steps to be taken to weaken the government and system.

Hekmatyar made the remarks in a statement released by his party after a new coalition was formed between Jamiat-e-Islami led by Salahuddin Rabbani and Ata Mohammad Noor, Junbish Millie led by First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum and Wahdat Islami led by deputy chief executive Mohammad Mohaqiq.

The statement further added that all political parties and movements should join hands and unite their force to support the government and take the country out of the ongoing crisis.

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MPs Concerned Over Hizb-e-Islami’s Refusal To Give Up Arms

Hizb-e-Islami says its men need to be armed as their safety is not guaranteed but that they will not turn their weapons on government.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hizb-e-Islami members have so far refused to hand over their weapons, which has in turn sparked concern among MPs.

This comes after Hekmatyar and his men officially returned to Afghanistan early this month after the group’s leader sealed a peace deal with government last year.

Despite Hizb-e-Islami having assured the nation that their armed men will not turn their weapons on government, MPs on Wednesday raised the issue and voiced their concerns.

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Hekmatyar Reportedly Hospitalized in Istanbul

A Turkish newspaper has claimed Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of the Hizb-e-Islami group, is currently in hospital in Istanbul.

The newspaper, Aydinlik, quoted a Turkish intelligence source as saying Hekmatyar is being treated at an Istanbul hospital. No details were however given.

Last week, Afghan government and Hizb-e-Islami officials said Hekmatyar would return to Kabul within the next few weeks and that arrangements were being made in terms of housing and security.

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