Continued verbal face-off between HIA and Jamiat

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 02:29 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 328 times

Verbal clashes between Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) and Jamiat Islami Afghanistan parties have recently escalated, with both sides taunting each other using the rhetoric of 90s, when they were involved in destructive war against each other. Balkh Governor and Chief Executive of Jamiat Ata Mohammad Noor has called HIA leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar the “butcher of Kabul”, a term used for him by western media. In his sarcastic remarks, Noor has called on Hekmatyar to back to the hiding from where he emerged after a long time. Noor has made these comments apparently in response to Hekmatyar’s statements about the slain commander of Jamiat, Ahmad Shah Masood. 


As the main sides of the Afghan civil war, HIA and Jamiat were involved in the destruction of the country, particularly capital Kabul, more than any other group. Because of their vaulting political ambitions, thousands of Kabulis lost their lives, and the city was reduced to rubbles. There are still signs of their destructive activities and factional fighting in the city, which still haunt Afghan people. Just three decades ago, fighters loyal to the two parties had turned the city into hell for its residents. 

Instead of learning a lesson from their past mistakes by apologizing to the people, trying to compensate them, these political factions are once again threatening each other for their partisan and personal interests. Most leaders of these groups act to be politicians, while their actions and words resemble those of the civil war, which means that the democracy in Afghanistan for over a decade and half also has not changed their war-oriented, belligerent mentality and attitude.

The senior HIA and Jamiat leaders should know that the people of Afghanistan have not yet forgotten their dark past during the internecine war. The only reason of the people’s silence on their past, and their forgiveness without any trial is the powerlessness of people, and the lack of rule of law in the country. Many of individuals associated with these groups who dream about ruling the people in the future will be sent to Pule Charkhi prison instead of the presidential palace if there is chance for justice to be delivered. 


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