Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the reconciled leader of Hizb-e-Islami, vowed on Wednesday to crush any kind of fraud or foreign interference in Afghanistan’s elections on Saturday.
Mr. Hekmatyar, who recently reemerged in Afghanistan’s politics as a result of a peace deal with the Afghan government in 2016, said he will do all he can to prevent fraud and foreign meddling in the elections.
“Don’t make us regret our coming,” said Hekmatyar, referring to the peace deal he signed with the Afghan government in 2016. Adding: “Don’t make us regret taking part in the election. Don’t force us to select other options. Because we can do it and we are experienced.”
German Ambassador Peter Prügel in a tweet condemned Hekmatyar’s remark.
The German ambassador said: “Explicitly threatening with the use of violence is completely unacceptable, disqualifies him (Hekmatyar) as candidate for democratic elections and (he) should be investigated by the competent authorities.”
Meanwhile, another candidate, Rahmatullah Nabil, said that he will mend the country’s fragile security situation if he won.
Nabil cited a security forces report claiming that almost 60,000 Afghan security force members have been killed over the past five years, and 600,000 have been wounded.
He promised that his security plan will help reduce the number of casualties among Afghan forces.
Candidate Enayatullah Hafiz said that equal opportunities weren’t provided to all the candidates.
“This should be delayed so that we can fight (campaign) for another 10 or twenty days; if the people vote on Saturday, we will not accept the result,” said Hafiz.