Hezb-e-Islami demands schedule for foreign forces exit before peace agreement

Gulbuddin-HekmatyarAFGHANISTAN: The Hezb-e-Islami party led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and the Afghan government are at odd regarding the confirmation of scheduled exit of foreign forces from the country to conclude a peace deal.

An official of Hezb-e-Islami has told Radio Free Europe that certain issues remains unresolved between the party and the Afghan government to conclude the agreement.

The acting head and deputy of Hezb-e-Islami Mohammad Hakim Hakim has said the Afghan government must confirm a schedule for the exit of foreign forces.

Hakim has said the outstanding issue on the way to peace deal is the exit of foreign forces and the government must at least ascertain a schedule for the exit of the foreign soldiers.

He also added that the party supports peace talks with between the Afghan government and the Taliban group.

This comes as Hekmatyar said earlier last month that he has changed his conditions for peace process with the Afghan government by stepping back from his demands for the complete withdrawal of foreign forces.

Hekmatyar earlier demanded the complete withdrawal of the foreign forces from Afghanistan before officials talks begun between his party and the Afghan government.

However, an official in his party said last month the “departure of foreign troops is not a condition, it is a goal.”

In the meantime, the Afghan government officials said last week that there is no specific timeframe for the conclusion of peace deal with Hezb-e-Islami led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

Deputy presidential spokesman Syed Zafar Hashemi told reporters that peace process is always complicated and it would be a mistake to confirm a timeframe regarding the peace agreement.

Hashemi further added that small and big changes normally takes place every day, in every seconds and at the final seconds of peace process.

He said the Afghan government will update the Afghan people once the two sides reach to an agreement. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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