The state minister for reforms in security sector, Amrullah Saleh, at a gathering in Kapisa province on Friday, criticized the recent remarks of Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and said he had ‘insulted’ Afghanistan’s war victims when he made his first speech after 20 years at the Presidential Palace one week ago.
The ceremony remembered Mohammad Aman Mubariz, former head of Kapisa Provincial Council’s secretariat, who was killed in a bomb blast a month ago.
Saleh said Hekmatyar had hand in killing of innocent people in past 17 years, but he did not mention this in his recent speeches.
He stated that he is not against the peace process, but he opposes the way Hekmatyar was welcomed by government.
"I think organizing a big event for the person who issued fatwas of our killing for 17 years, who financed destruction for 17 years, who committed anything against his country from a foreign country for 17 years, who gave lecture for more than an hour and paid no respect to martyrs of past 17 years in Afghanistan, was a mistake," said Saleh.
Referring to Hekmatyar’s recent speech at the Presidential Palace, Saleh said: “In the hall that he [Hekmatyar] was speaking, he did not even paused for a minute to greet the audiences or to confess that the leaders present at hall had forgiven him and he should thank them [for that]. He [Hekmatyar] did not mention that how many soldiers, who were ensuring his security outside the hall [at the Presidential Palace] were killed by him in past 17 years.”
The state minister for security reforms said extremist and terrorist groups will not mercy on anyone and anything in the country.
“Where is it mentioned in our religion and culture to burn schools where there is no foreigner and no foreign lessons?” Saleh asked.
“The only way to get out of the situation is to support the security and defense forces,” said Mohammad Husain Sanjani, head of Kapisa Provincial Council.
Last week on Thursday, Hekmatyar addressing a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Kabul where he called Taliban “brothers” and asked them to join the peace process.
He said they have returned without any condition and they want to end the war which “only sacrifices Afghans and only destroys Afghans’ homes”.
He also offered his services to the Taliban and said he would act as their mediator in talks with the Afghan government.