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Hekmatyar reiterates demand for transparent, timely election

Hekmatyar reiterates demand for transparent, timely election

Jan 04, 2018 - 18:32

KABUL (Pajhwok): Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) on Thursday stressed over the conduct of timely election and said the country was in dire need of strong central government and never desired the incumbent government to be weakened.

Addressing reporters here, HIA Amir Gulbaddin Hekmatyar demanded the government and election bodies to conduct free, fair and transparent election in peaceful environment so that the result would be acceptable for all.

When asked about HIA position regarding controversial computerise National Identity Cards (NIC), Hekmatyar said unfortunately the mission of some individuals was the fuel ethnic differences and trigger crisis in the country.

He said: “HIA wanted immediate distribution of the electronic NICs and supported the Afghan and Tribe words to be mentioned.”

The HIA Amir rejected his group’s connection with Taliban, Alqaeda and Daesh and added: “Daesh was being sent to Afghanistan from Iraq and Syria via Iran.”

Hekmatyar said Iran was exporting Daesh to Afghanistan and added the game Tehran played in Syria and Iran was now being transferred to Afghanistan.

The HIA was in contact with the Taliban to encourage the groups to join the reconciliation process, he said.

“We have contact with Taliban and this is to persuade them for peace. I can just say that HIA has contact with different groups of the Taliban and no one else even the government and other parties have this type of contact,” he said.

 He added, that HIA could play effective role in reconciling the armed opponents if the government assured that their reconciliation decision would not be accounted as their surrender.

If the government is in the position to accept the legal demand and have that ability to reconcile them then the HIA was ready to play effective role.

Referring to the recent confrontation between Atta Mohammad Noor and the government, Hekmatyar said it was government and Noor issue and his party did not want to interfere. He, however, said that it was unfortunate to witness the crisis.