Hekmatyar urges Ghani to do more for peace

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar speaks during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in KabulKABUL: Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar on Friday asked President Ashraf Ghani to take more effective steps for peace and choose the path of an intra-Afghan dialogue to end the conflict.

In his message in connection with religious festival Eidul Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, Hekmatyar urged political leaders to agree on a new effective strategy for ending the war.

He said the idea of reaching power with money and weapons from outside should be shunned. Not a single drop of blood should be shed in future power transfer, he urged.

Hekmatyar said they should ask all foreign forces to let the Afghans resolve their issues themselves.  He believed the conflict in Afghanistan could be brought to an end if foreign interference in the country’s affairs was stopped.

“Those who think the war can be brought to an end without a judicious and realities-based agreement, they are mistaken.”

Hekmatyar urged President Ghani to take more effective steps towards peace and choose the path of an intra-Afghan dialogue for ending the war.

He said the president should assure the opponents that their all logical demands would be accepted.

He said agreeing to peace did not mean a defeat or surrender for any party to the conflict but it would be a wise and historic step to rescue the nation and the country from decades of misfortunes.

He said both the government and the opposition should not let the war to be prolonged because its victims were only the Afghans.

The HIA leader also asked the US president to choose an effective new strategy for Afghanistan that could end the war quickly. He said the new strategy should bring the warring sides to the negotiating table to find a mutually accepted solution.

He said the new strategy should frustrate the nefarious designs of war-mongers who had no concern for US or Afghan interest.

Hekmatyar also asked Kabul officials who insist on continuation of the war to show mercy on the long oppressed nation.

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