The group's spokesman said that their leader would soon arrive in Kabul - whether the UN removes sanctions against him or not.
Hizb-e-Islami Slams Taliban As An Ignorant, Fanatic Group
Attacks on the civilian population have no justification and are against Islamic principles, said Amin Karim, a top aide to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hizb-e-Islami party on Thursday.
In response to a question regarding the lifting of UN sanctions against Hekmatyar, Amin said that the group’s leader would soon arrive in Kabul whether the UN removes sanctions against him or not.
He called the Taliban a fanatic and ignorant group and condemned attacks on civilian targets.
“Hizb-e-Islami views bombings in public places such as mosques, hospitals, offices as an un-Islamic act. Hizb-e-Islami was the first party which denounced the Taliban as a fanatic and associated and ignorant party,” said Karim.
Hekmatyar’s aide went on to say that the continuation of UN sanctions against Hizb-e-Islami’s leader was not the reason for Hekmatyar’s delay in returning to Kabul.
“The Hizb-e-Islami leader and Hizb-e-Islami party are resolute about the coming of its leader in Kabul and no issue will change the decision,” he said.
I response to this, CEO Abdullah Abdullah's spokesman Mujiburrahman Rahimi said: "Of course, when Mr. Hekmatyar and his companions enter Kabul, they will abide by the laws of Afghanistan just like other citizens of Afghanistan.”
Referring to the recent peace accord signed between Hizb-e-Islami and the government, Karim criticized government’s efforts for beefing up the implementation process of the peace accord.
“Good incentives and good works have been done with them, but it is hoped that the accord is implemented appropriately,” said HPC member Mohammad Ismail Qasimyar.
After months of backdoor peace talks, the Afghan government and Hizb-e-Islami signed a peace deal a few months ago in a bid to end the group’s long insurgency in the country.
The two parties agreed to take a number of steps that could help Hizb-e-Islami conduct its political activities within the framework of the Afghan laws and constitution and lay down its arms.
Government and Hizb-e-Islami also pledged to take a number of solid steps in line with the peace accord so that Gulbuddin and his party can re-initiate their political activities in the country, but in accordance to the laws and the Afghan constitution.