Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, head of Hizb-e-Islami, who sealed a peace deal with Kabul last year, said the Afghan government, NATO and neighboring countries have failed in their efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.
Addressing a gathering at his residence on Tuesday, Hekmatyar criticized government over its “failure” to maintain security, saying that government is not able to properly ensure the safety of the Presidential Palace.
“From who do you want peace? From Russia, America, NATO or from this government. The government cannot maintain Kabul security, even it is not able to ensure the security of the Presidential Palace,” he said.
NATO and the Afghan government will not win the war in Afghanistan, Hekmatyar said, adding that the only way to get the country out of the current turmoil is through negotiations.
“It is a reality that neither the Afghan government nor foreign troops can win the war. This war has no winner,” Hekmatyar added.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense said Afghan forces are capable enough to handle the situation.
“Where is the enemy? We are chasing them days and nights. Believe me we believe in our forces and if someone does not believe (in them), he will never win,” Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.
Hekmatyar meanwhile suggested an option to pave the way for peace in Afghanistan. He said “different tribes living in the country must cooperate with each other” on the way to ensure peace in the country.
Prior to this, there were rumors that Hizb-e-Islami planned to take a share in government, but Hekmatyar rejected the rumors and said taking part in government depends on the improvement of the situation.