KABUL: Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani, signed the long-awaited peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), leader, Gulbadin Hekmatyar as first peace deal in the country since US invasion in 2001 that toppled the Taliban regime.
The agreement which was already finalized, was signed in a special gathering in presidential palace by president Ghani and the HIA leader through a video link which was live broadcasted on National Radio Television of Afghanistan.
The signing ceremony was attended by nearly all political and influential figures of the country, including former president, Hamid Karzai.
Ghani said the implementation phase of the deal will be started from the moment and no part of the agreement was against the constitution, who congratulated the nation on the signing of the “historical agreement.”
Seizing the opportunity the president once again called on Taliban to join peace process and believe in Afghan-owned peace talks.
Hekmatyar, who is still in UN and US blacklist signed the deal and talked to the ceremony through a video link, who also congratulated the nation on the signing of the “historical” deal that would end the ongoing “crisis” in his believe.
The leader asked the neighboring countries to cease their interferences in Afghan affairs and stop funding war, which is victimizing only the Afghans.
THE PASHTUN TIMES