Hizb-e-Islami has dismissed three senior members of the party after recent incidents and developments, the party said in a statement late Tuesday.
The statement said that Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, Engineer Mohammad Khan and Dr Basir Anwar are the three members of the party who were dismissed after holding a recent meeting.
According to the statement “the dismissed people had relations with other parties and worked against the goal and demands of Hizb-e-Islami.”
“The dismissed people can create a new party and do their work peacefully and Hizb-e-Islami will not have any problem with this,” read the statement.
Arghandiwal is the leader of Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan and worked for the ministry of economy.
Khan is currently the first deputy for the National Unity Government’s (NUG) CEO Abdullah Abdullah.
Anwar is currently working as the Minister of Justice.
Hizb-e-Islami political party was founded in 1977 by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
Meanwhile, Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal in a statement released hours after Hekmatyar’s statement, said he has registered the party with government and that “no one can dismiss him and others (Khan and Anwari) from the party”.
The Ministry of Justice however says that Hizb-e-Islami led by Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal is registered with them and according to the Constitution and law on political parties, Hizb-e-Islami led by Arghandiwal is official.
“The Ministry of Justice of Afghanistan has issued licenses to 70 political parties based on the Constitution and the law on political parties and among them, Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan led by Mr Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal is a registered party at the Ministry of Justice,” Aman Riyazat, spokesman for Justice
Ministry, told TOLOnews on Wednesday.
This comes after Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah addressed Arghandiwal as leader of Hizb-e-Islami when he addressed an event in Kabul on Wednesday.
“Mr Arghandiwal Sahib, the leader of Hizb-e-Islami party of Afghanistan,” Abdullah said as he greeted guests at the start of his speech.