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Hekamtyar Melt under Criticism after Threatening Avowal

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KABUL: Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of Hezb-e-Islami (Islamic Party) came under huge criticisms by politicians following his statement in which he warned to besiege the presidential palace if the party’s prisoners are not released from government custody.

Hekmatyar was addressing his supporters on Sunday and threatened to stage a vast demonstration.

He accused the government of hampering on the road to peace process, saying that containers filled with weapons are brought from regional countries and distributed to anti-Taliban militias who are preparing for another war.

Atta Noor, a former jihadi commander, accused Hekmatyar of “helplessness”, saying that 70,000 people were killed by the Hezb-e-Islami.

Salahuddin Rabbani, head of Jamiat party, said that the national resistance of the “Islamic government” was an independent movement.

He said that Afghanistan needed solidarity and co-existence, not sabotaging statements.

President Ghani’s spokesman, Dawa Khan Minapal, said that nobody would be allowed to use force against the government.

“This government belongs to Afghans and was formed based on the nation. Afghans defend this system and have many experiences. We will not allow anybody to dominate the Arg by force,” he said.

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