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Hekmatyar: Regional peace requires inclusive Afghan administration.

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Inclusive Afghan government imperative for regional peace, says Hekmatyar
On October 21, Hizb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar talks at an event at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) in Islamabad.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a veteran Afghan politician, and Hizb-i-Islami leader commended Prime Minister Imran Khan’s long-standing position and efforts for a peaceful and negotiated solution to the Afghan problem, adding an inclusive administration including all political parties is urgently required.

APP had an exclusive interview with him in Kabul, a week after the Taliban took control of the nation.

After the Doha peace deal, the first discussions about forming a new Afghan government began, according to the former Afghan commander.

He hoped official negotiations with all parties would begin shortly after the US and Nato forces had left Afghanistan.

He stated all Afghan ethnic groups would accept the proposed inclusive government, and that all Afghan political figures should work together to end the war.

He believed that political discussion would fix all problems.

According to him, Afghans are ready to move on from the past and face the country’s future problems with unity and determination.

When asked about the failure of intra-Afghan negotiations, he replied: “Our adversary may harm the Afghan peace process, but the US and other troops have no authority to intervene. The Afghan people alone determine their destiny.”

He claimed all Afghans had suffered much from the ongoing conflict and had learned from their errors. “The current Taliban has also changed,” he said.

The Hizb-i-Islami leader expressed optimism that India will now play a constructive role in Afghanistan and rethink its previous policies.

Indian support for the previous Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, anti-Mujahideen stance, and backing for Nato attacks in Afghanistan.

India should not transfer its problems with Pakistan to Afghanistan, he said, adding that proxy battles on Afghan territory would be prohibited.

Hekmatyar said that peace and stability benefit the whole area, especially India.

He hoped India will assist the Afghan people in their quest for peace.

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