Hekmatyar sees jihad as the only solution

Hizb-e-Islami chief says war will continue till foreign forces leave.


Tahir Khan August 19, 2012

ISLAMABAD:


Former Afghan prime minister and Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) chief Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on Saturday accused the backers of the peace process of lying and misleading the public because “jihad” alone could resolve the country’s crisis.


In his Eidul Fitr message, Hekmatyar said those who expected that the peace process would yield a solution to the crisis in Afghanistan were lying. “The only solution is to continue the jihad until all the foreign forces fully leave Afghanistan,” he said in a statement emailed to The Express Tribune.

Hekmatyar’s Hizb-e-Islami had been involved in talks with Afghan government and US officials, which were eventually suspended after Kabul signed a strategic partnership agreement with Washington earlier this year.

The Taliban had also been involved in talks with the US over the past two years but the process has now been suspended in the wake of differences over certain issues, including the release of prisoners.

“Those who think that the war will end in the presence of foreign military are wrong,” said Hekmatyar, who has been in hiding for years.

He said peace and security could only be restored if foreign forces withdrew from Afghanistan, adding that not only was the mujahideen strong, but the cost of the ongoing war, which was $120 billion annually, was taking its toll on the US economy.

He went on to praise Afghan fighters for launching attacks during Ramazan, which, he added, were the most in number since the past 11 years.

“This long war has pushed the US and its allies to serious financial and political crises. They have not achieved anything and are biting everyone like a wounded snake,” Hekmatyar said.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th, 2012.

COMMENTS (29)

Mary | 8 years ago | Reply President Obama made campaign promises to bring our troops home. Then, he sent even more troops over and lengthened their deployments and kept extending their return dates, even while declaring the war was over.
True Voice of Pakistan | 8 years ago | Reply

@antanu g..... You must be kidding....Hekmatyar enjoys $$$$from everyone.... It does not matter whether US will be in region or not....People like Hekmatyar and their apologist sympathizers will seek Jihadi $$$$ from Saudi Arabia and disturb some other minority communities in neighboring regions.....

I still stay with my argument that.....ALL HEKMATYAR oriented people, MULLAHs, Rigid Ideology based groups should be "EXILED" to Siberia/ Antarctica so they should not return back.....We have example from history as "Napoleon was exiled to Alba island"......

Then they should do jihad against each other on isolate island....

Every Human on earth will pay gratitude to God for his mercy.

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