Taliban vehemently deny contacting HIA

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 03:42 Written by  Heart Of Asia Read 47 times

The Taliban militants on Monday rejected claims that some members of the insurgent group had contacted Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) on the reconciliation process.

 

A day earlier, HIA spokesman Qaribur Rahman Saeed told Pajhwok Afghan News some of Taliban circles had contacted the party and indicated their interest in joining the peace process.

He said the Taliban had contacted the HIA to benefit from its peace agreement with the government. Saeed promised his party would facilitate the Taliban returning to the national mainstream.

But Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid spurned the HIA claims about the group’s interest in reconciliation with the government. He emphatically denied the movement had contacted the HIA on the issue.

HIA members should stay aloof from baseless propaganda against the militant movement, said Mujahid, asking the Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led party not to misuse Taliban’s policy of respect.

“We believe laying down arms and helping the enemy in achieving their nefarious goals is against Islam,” he added.

After arriving in Kabul, Hekmatyar called the Taliban his brothers and invited them to join the peace process. He issued the call in his address to a gathering at the Presidential Palace.