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Some HIA commanders still fighting: Laghman governor

Some HIA commanders still fighting: Laghman governor

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Apr 04, 2017 - 16:34

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Some Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) commanders are still fighting alongside Taliban against the government in eastern Laghman province, the governor alleged on Tuesday.

In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Abdul Jabbar Naimi asked the commanders to comply with their leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar's orders for a stop fighting in the province.

He claimed around 2,000 militants, who have joined Taliban ranks, were fighting against the government in the province. In the past, he recalled, some HIA commanders fought independently against the security forces.

"Now fighting under Taliban's flag, these commanders should shun the insurgency because HIA has signed a peace agreement with the government. He hope they will stop fighting and take part in the development of the country,” Naimi remarked.

Qari Mohammad Yousaf Baghlani, a member of the HIA armed wing, during a trip to Nangarhar province last week, rejected allegations that the party commanders were still fighting.

“One of the articles of the HIA agreement with the government clearly calls for a ceasefire. Currently, commanders and other members of the party are observing a truce across the country,” he insisted.

He confirmed some HIA members had joined the Taliban in the past. However, he hastened to explain all of them had rejoined the party after the agreement with the government.

On the other hand, the Taliban said a number of HIA commanders had joined forces with the militant movement in Laghman after their party signed the deal with the government.

“HIA members fighting for the liberation of the country have joined the Taliban, not only in Laghman, but in other provinces as well,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

The agreement between Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the HIA leader and President Ashraf Ghani was signed in October 2016 after lengthy negotiations between the two sides.

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