The Hizb-e-Islami leader said he was not opposed to the new coalition, but stated it would have been better had it been formed inside the country.
Hekmatyar Calls For Political Parties To Stand United
Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said on Thursday that all political parties in the country need to stand together to help find a solution to the ongoing problems.
He said Hizb-e-Islami was not opposed to the formation of the new tri-party coalition but said he would have preferred any such move to have been established inside Afghanistan.
He did say that Hizb-e-Islami would not form any front itself but reiterated the need for cohesion between parties.
On the subject of more foreign troops to the country, he said this would not help solve Afghanistan’s problems but could instead worsen the situation.
He also said that the time had come for Iran and Pakistan to both play their parts in working for peace in Afghanistan.
Hekmatyar said he wants Afghanistan to have a good relationship with Iran and hopes that no foreign government interferes in the country’s affairs.
Remarking on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s recent remarks on Afghanistan’s plans to build dams along the country’s rivers, Hekmatyar called on Tehran to respect the water treaty between the two countries.
He said he considered Rouhani’s comments on the dam situation as a “threat”.
This comes after Rouhani earlier this week criticized government for its plans to build dams as part of Afghanistan’s economic and development scheme. He criticized the move while addressing an international conference on sandstorms and environmental issues in Tehran.
“We cannot remain indifferent to the issue [water dams] which is apparently damaging our environment,” Rouhani said.
“Construction of several dams in Afghanistan, such as Kajaki, Kamal Khan, Salma and others in the north and south of Afghanistan, affect our Khorasan and Sistan-Baluchistan provinces.”
But Afghan MPs retorted and said Rouhani’s remarks amount to an interference in Afghanistan’s affairs.
In line with this, Hekmatyar said on Thursday: “No one has got the right to instruct us from outside or interfere in our affairs.”
On a lighter note, Hekmatyar questioned the absence of female journalists at Thursday’s press conference.