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.
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@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.
This is exactly what the enemy of Pakistan and the enemy of Afganistan looks like...people like him are the problem in your part of the world....his supporters are what makes these murderers continue and there will be no peace until they are eliminated...
Define Jihad. Thanks.
@antanu g: If you were tough enough you would have. You're submissive because you're weak. Weak and wrong.
All terrorist organisations vouch that jihad is the only way for achieving their objective but so far nothing has been achieved except death and destruction.
@ilyas: He is absolutely right.US is killing Muslims in all over the world. How can you expect peace deal from them
More Muslims are killed by Muslims in the whole world. Just look at Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan. There is a Muslims suicide bombing every 6 days..
If US leaves Pakistanis will go after Shias and Ahmadis big time. Too many Mujaheddins will need a job. ISI will help talibans take over Afghanistan. .
hikmatyar typically speaks ISI ideology, wt did his jehad bring when talibans were executing the whole pakhtoons and afghans and look at the TTP in pakistan which has only killed pakhtoons. i can smell pakistan again playing general zia ul haq game of Islam.. please stop it and if pakistan say dt they want talibans or mujahideen govt then as pakistan pakhtoon i demand such system to be applied in punjab and sindh too to find out if they are real muslims. please do not support these ppl what have the so called mujahideen achieved since 1988 till 2001. this is global world and world will not accept such Islam so Pakistani Army should stop watching dreams of talibans rule again. if Pakistan try to support them which seems they are doing now then US should stop fighting against talibans in afghanistan first and should sort the safe heavens and double minded people in pakistan which support such criminal people
@Kolsat: Muslim shouldn't give up their religion but practice it in true spirit of equality and democracy.
Practice what you preach.You have always manipulated things to your advantage.Don't mislead the innocent people of Afghanistan who have nothing but misery.Why are you hiding if you believe you can help bring peace to afghans?
“jihad” alone could resolve the country’s crisis.
I suppose Jihad will also feed the people of Afghanistan too ? Idiot ! Your neighbours in the south are already preparing to eat grass, perhaps you would care to join them !
I don't won't to be toughened but Talibane has annoyed the superpowes around the world. It's a serious issue therefor US doesn't won't to listen too pakistan anymore they are tired of pakistani. They don't have patience anymore. There is a fresh exampel drone attacks america doesn't care anymore about anyone. In ten years they couldn't eliminate the terrorist in pakistani tribal ares and in Afghanistan. SOOO SAAAD!!!! :P :P :P
He is absolutely right.US is killing Muslims in all over the world. How can you expect peace deal from them
@Much Amused: have you not read the article :afghan taliban happy with nato route open: US itself funding these fighters. and these fighting will not end until US withdraw from the region. because then these militants will lost their eligibility to fight against islamic state of afghanistan and pakistan.
He himself was expelled from Afghanistan by 'jihad' of Mullah Omer
You guys are fighting a dirty war hikmatyar....Innocent brothers and sisters getting killed everry day. Stop making pakistan week to win yours.
The question is who is funding these bigots?
@Nasir Mahmood: you must be kidding. like Hekmatyar Al Qaida also thought that the 9/11 attack will bring the US to its knees. Nothing like that happened. As a matter of fact they rebuilt the the devastated area and the Muslim nations are as poor and unstable as ever and will remain so till they give up on their religion and turn their minds on equality and democracy.
Why is he hiding in Pakistan aren:t there 50 odd muslim countries in the world? Why can't we understand simple truth that foreign countries where islamic lkke saudi or non islamic like US are using pakistani soil to play their dirty gamss. Its high time our army understands it.
At one point he is right that Afghan war has weakened the economy of the US and if it continues for another three or four years, US will plead for Afghan settlement.
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you will see every problem as a nail.
Most ignorant breed of Afghan generation ever, who is so-called university graduate.....who leads to destroy entire Afghan population.
Afghans should throw him in Arabian Sea, if not, then in Kabul River.
Long live Gulbuddin Hekmatyar...
Once again in US' and the modern world's eyes and theory/logic one more terrorist is displaying himself before the world because he is talking about Jihad which is considered "terrorism" in US' and modern world's eyes and theory......
this will be the result, as expected