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Hekmatyar urges interim government as way forward

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KABUL: The leader of Hezb-e-Islami, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said that the Taliban refuse to accept the incumbent government and that the only resolving option to ongoing conflict is to form an interim government.

Briefing newsmen in Kabul on his visit to Pakistan, Hekmatyar said that peace would be ensured in Afghanistan and that he “will do this”.

Last week, Hekmatyar visited Islamabad to discuss the Afghan peace with the country’s officials. He met Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan and the country’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi and other officials. He is said to have good ties with Islamabad as Pakistan has provided safe havens for his fighters during the war against Soviet Union and the following of civil wars.

He emphasized that Pakistan has assured him of sincere cooperation with the Afghan peace process.

Leader of Hezebe-e-Islami blamed the government for failing to provide tight security in the country, saying that if it was unable, let the people take steps to maintain their security.

Previously, at a news conference in Islamabad, Hekmatyar said that the US was defeated in Afghanistan and that there is no other way but to pull its troops out of the country.

He expressed criticism of the ongoing peace negotiations, saying that the process is going between the Presidential Palace and the Taliban.

“Many political parties are not involved in the negotiations,” he said at the time. “A political consensus should be formed and then from one view we should engage into negotiations.”

He accused the Kabul government of sabotaging the peace process, accusing it of keeping the current war on track.

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