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Hekmatyar says Pakistan backs Taliban

15 Apr 2019 Afghanistan Times

AT News Report

KABUL: Jihadi leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar for the

first time spoke about Pakistan’s policy in Afghanistan, accusing Islamabad of

supporting Taliban.

Hekmatyar who leads the Hezb-e-Islami

party since jihad years, is told to have lived many years in Pakistan with

close ties to the country’s army intelligence (ISI). He was not heard to have

spoken about Pakistan in the past.

“Pakistan is one of the states that has relations

with Afghanistan issues and has its own position against this country. Pakistan

supports Taliban and there is no doubt in this regard,” Hekmatyar said Monday.

He added that Afghan war was at the expense of

Pakistan instead of benefit particularly in its economy. Hekmatyar said that

Islamabad now wills that peace comes to Afghanistan.

Pakistan has denied accusations from Afghan

government and international community that it supports terrorist groups that

launch deadly attacks in Afghan soil.

The leader of Hezb-e-Islami party criticized

government and Taliban for announcing spring operations, saying such things

would put negative impacts on the peace process.

In response to a question that if he would attend

intra-Afghan dialogue set to be held in Qatar, Hekmatyar said: “If the elders

sit together and discuss every issue and adopt a common position, nobody will

have the right of veto because it is not acceptable. Also nobody should

monopolize peace because peace is a national matter and everyone is required to

be involved in the negotiations honestly and without any conditions.”

The government for the first time is planning to

send a team to Doha to sit face to face with Taliban negotiators, while the

militants have said that government’s representatives would attend the dialogue

as individuals and not as government delegation.

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