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Hekmatyar: Current Coalition Gov’t is ‘Illegal’, formed by Ex-U.S. FM Kerry

(Last Updated On: May 8, 2017)

vlcsnap-2017-05-05-17h43m01s109Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on Friday criticized the structure of National Unity Government (NUG) once again, said the current power-share government is not based on the Constitution and formed by former U.S. Foreign Secretary of State, John Kerry.

“Do not depend on the current power-share [government]. This power-sharing is not venerable, not based on God’s will and people’s vote and not in accordance to the Constitution,” Hekmatyar said during a gathering of thousands of his supporters in Ghazi Stadium in Kabul on Friday.

“This coalition [government] is formed by John Kerry,” Hekmatyar noted.

The government leaders including President Ashraf Ghani have repeatedly described that there are no good and bad Taliban; however, Hekmatyar said that these are the “slogans” for continuation of the ongoing war.

 “Those who say that  there are no good and bad Taliban and all of them are bad, I call on them that these are the slogans for continuation of war and are slogans against peace,” Hekmatyar noted.

The Hezb-e-Islami leader further said that between the Taliban and Jamiat-e-Islami party he prefers those who are keen to join peace process.

“We call Jamiat-e-Islami as brothers and we also invite Taliban for brotherhood, and in our opinion between two person, the better and suitable for brotherhood is the one who wants peace and the end of war.”

Hekmatyar once again called on the anti-government groups including Taliban to quit insurgency and join the peace process.

He was appeared among his supporters for the first time after over 20 years in Laghman province last week.

He arrived in Kabul on Thursday with convoys carrying dozens of armed men; thereafter, he was welcomed by the government officials at the Presidential Palace, where he pointed out about a number of issues including the structure of the government as he called one of the leaders should resign.

Reported by Ali Azghari, Edited by Shakib Mahmud

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