Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar rejected the reports which quoted him as saying that the war in Afghanistan is a war between two ethnic groups.
Addressing the third day of Hizb-e-Islami’s assembly, Hekmatyar blamed a number of media outlets for working for the interest of foreigners and fueling ethnic divisions in the country.
He argued that he referred to a war between two ethnic groups during his remarks at the event on Wednesday.
“These media outlets are either controlled by your enemies or by your rivals. We saw that they (some media outlets) misinterpreted your correct comments. They clearly misinterpret your remarks,” he said.
Hekmatyar announced the stance of Hizb-e-Islami on major issues in the country – including elections and other political issues.
On Wednesday Hekmatyar pointed out to the war in Afghanistan and said: “War is ongoing in every part of Afghanistan. This is the war which continued in the past. A big number of Ghor residents are involved in this war. Sit with them and ask them that who is involved in this war? It is between two ethnic groups! In Taiwara, the conflict is not between security forces and insurgents; it is between two ethnic groups. It is the same in Kunduz, in Baghlan, in all northern parts of the country. The real situation of war is like this across Afghanistan.”
The Hizb-e-Islami leader, who signed a peace deal with the Afghan government last year, called on his supporters to be prepared for the upcoming elections and that they will bring a basic change in the country’s destiny as the world witnessed in Turkey.
He went on by saying that a number of political groups misuse the government facilities and equipment against their rivals and added that this has questioned the status Afghan forces as a national force to defend the country.
“The war will end if the government’s power is taken from the invaders of the Taliban war, and our security forces become national in its real meaning,” Hekmatyar added.
Hekmatyar meanwhile reacted to the remarks of head of Hizb-e-Islami party, Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, who did not attend the assembly and who said recently that Hizb-e-Islami is registered with his name in the Ministry of Justice and that he and Hekmatyar have not agreed on it so far.
“The party is united and will stay united. We will not let anyone to leave the party. We believe that if anyone will leaves he will leave with empty hands,” said Hekmatyar.