The similar stance of Hekmatyar, Pakistan on Afghan conflict
Peace is a top priority for Afghans at the present time. When militants join the peace process no matter who they are and whom they have affiliation with, it is an achievement and must be welcome; however, their assimilation into the mainstream politics should not prove more detrimental to people than them being on the battlefields. From the very beginning, the joining of Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) group with the peace process was not expected to lead to de-escalation of war in the country. All people knew that most of the senior members of the party were part of the government, and its armed members were fighting the government under the Taliban, which also did not seem possible for them to part ways with the Taliban in case of HIA’s reconciliation with the government. Afghans were happy with the joining of the insurgent group, or in other words of its leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, with the government only because it would send a green signal to the main insurgent force, the Taliban, to follow suit.