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.

More and more

Hezb-e-Islami apologizes to victims of devastating Afghan civil war

The Hezb-e-Islami party led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has apologized to the victims of the devastating war the party was involved in 1990s, hours after the party signed the draft peace agreement with the Afghan government.

A senior member of the party Qarib-ur-Rehman Syed told VOA’s Afghanistan service that “Hezb-e-Islami considers itself a member and party of the people. Hezb-e-Islami belongs to the people and people belongs to Hezb-e-Islami. In every and every second, we apologize from those who were hurt.”

Syed further added “We have in the past tendered apologies to the people since this is our home, village and people.”

More and more

Govt, Hizb-e-Islami Peace Deal Draws Mixed Reaction

Following two years of intense negotiations, the Afghan government and one of the country’s largest militant groups Hizb-e-Islami finally clinched a ground-breaking peace deal on Thursday, a move which has drawn widespread reaction from the Afghan political elite and the international community.

In response to the deal, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement on Thursday that it was encouraged by the signing of the peace agreement.

“UNAMA supports the efforts by Afghanistan’s National Unity Government to engage all those interested in establishing an equitable peace. This agreement demonstrates the preparedness of Afghanistan’s government to seek peace with armed anti-government elements. A credible peace process must remain owned and driven by Afghans,” UNAMA said in the statement.

The UNAMA mission further noted that it welcomed agreements that contribute to curbing the scale of violence in Afghanistan and allow Afghans to live in peace.

“The UN welcomes agreements that will contribute to a lessening of violence in Afghanistan and allow Afghans to live in peace. After decades of war in Afghanistan we welcome steps towards reconciliation, inclusive peace and a lasting end to the conflict,” the statement concluded.

More and more

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.

More and more