Referring to the “ethnic war” comments of Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, some lawmakers reacted to the remarks, saying that the conflict in Afghanistan “is not an ethnic war”.
The issue was raised by some MPs in the Wolesi Jirga, Lower House of Parliament, on Saturday session.
“The war in Afghanistan is not an ethnic war; the war in Afghanistan is the war which is led by the remnants of this person (Hekmatyar) in different parts of the country, who have raised flags under the name of Taliban and Daesh,” said Nazifa Zaki, an MP.
“All ethnic groups from Afghanistan are sacrificing in this war and we are all the victims of terrorism,” said Mohammad Nazeer Ahmadzai, second deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga.
Meanwhile, residents of Kabul’s Old City spoke out about the war which continued by different groups from four sides of the city.
Referring to a place on the top of a mountain in the Old City of Kabul, Saleh Mohammad a resident of the area said: “The area where you see belonged to Dostum fighters, the Sangtarashi area (in Kabul) belonged to Shurai Nezar, the Shuhadai Salehin area (in Kabul) belonged to Hizb-e-Islami fighters. We were on the first line of the battle and among all warring parties.”
Other residents of the area, Ahmad Shah Marufi, who is an artist and makes paintings at his home, said he sustained injuries during the domestic wars in the country.
“It was an unforgettable era for the people, especially for the residents of Kabul. A large number of people either from Hazara, Uzbek, Tajik or Pashtun were martyred; but the goal was unknown,” Marufi said.
“The power in Kabul was divided among many groups. Everyone was king in their own area,” said Hekmatullah Shahbaz, a university lecturer.
This comes after 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 on Friday, Hekmatyar blamed a number of media outlets for working for the interest of foreigners and fueling ethnic divisions in the country.
At the Hizb-e-Islami assembly last week, he pointed 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 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 the war is like this across the country.”