Hekmatyar oppose closing Taliban office in Qatar, support legitimate demands of group

Gulbuddin-HekmatyarKABUL: The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has opposed with the bid to close the Taliban office in Qatar as he insisted that his party supports the legitimate demands of the group.

Hekmatyar made the remark during a meeting with the trial elders of Hood Khel in his office on Sunday.

He said we want t the government that the office remain in its place and the peace process with the group should be launched in a serious manner.

According to Hekmatyar, those who are attempting to extend the war in Afghanistan and stand against peace and reconciliation, have became hopeless.

He once again reiterated his previous claims regarding the individuals and groups who had paved the way for civil war, emphasizing that with the return of him, the individuals and groups have failed to implement their conspiracies.

This comes as reports emerged earlier suggesting that the US President Donald Trump has stepped up efforts and pressures on President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani for the closure of the Taliban office in Qatar, a move which is apparently aimed at increasing pressures on the group as part of the new US strategy to combat terrorism and eliminate their sanctuaries from the region.

Sources privy of the development have said President Trump has discussed the issue with Afghan counterpart President Ghani.

The sources have told The Guardian newspaper that a decision is expected from President Ghani soon as he may likely agree with the closure of the Taliban’s political office in Doha.

The decision was reportedly taken as several years have passed since the office was opened but no positive results were obtained. -KP

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