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3,500 Hezb-e-Islami Armed Men to Join Afghan Military Forces

(Last Updated On: May 13, 2017)

4565465688As many as 3,500 Hesb-e-Islami (HIG) armed men to join Afghan military forces within two weeks, a senior member of HIG, Amin Karim told Ariana News Saturday.

According to Karim, these armed men have been identified from five provinces and 80 to 100 of them previously served as military officers.

The Defense Ministry said Hezb-e-Islami has the right to join Afghan army but should put aside their political activities.

“Hezb-e-Islami has every right to join Afghan government but when they joining army should lay down their arms and not be part of a political party or a group,” the Defense Ministry Spokesman, Dawlat Waziri said.  

Following the matter, a number of parliament members considered the move effective.

“It is difficult to say whether these people will be useful for ensuring security in Afghanistan but it is important when these anti-government armed men join government, it will create rifts within other anti-government fighters,” said a parliament member, Hafiz Mansour.

The move to recruit Hezb-e-Islami men in Afghan military was part of the group’s agreement with the government, signed September last year.

Reported by Ilaha Omari. 

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