Michael Hughes: Turkey-hosted discussions between members of the Taliban and Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) – the political party founded by notorious Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar – underscore the reality extremists are trying to hijack the peace process. Although Kabul and even Taliban central downplayed the proceedings, the development marks a step backwards in the quest for a
Press TV January 11, 2018 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has granted clemency to 75 prisoners loyal to former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who reached a landmark peace deal with the government in Kabul in 2016. According to Shah Mir Amirpoor, the press officer at the Pul-e-Charkhi detention center east of Kabul, the inmates were released on
1TV: Afghanistan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah reacted to Hizb-i-Islami leader Gulbudin Hekmatyar’s recent remarks about the share of eastern provinces in the government. “Division affects a country as poison does. Talking about ethnic share and pushing one province against another does not help one to reach his legitimate goals,” Abdullah said in ministerial council meeting on
Anadolu Agency: Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, chief of the Hezb-e-Islami party, on Sunday addressed a huge political rally in the war-ravaged country’s southeastern Khost province attended by thousands of his followers. Referring to the ‘Greater Paktia’ region that comprises Khost, Paktia and Paktia provinces — home to different Pashtoon tribes — Hekmatyar said it has long been deprived of
Tolo News: Ulema council members said using a mosque for political campaigns was unacceptable and that mosques were to be used only for praying. The young man who threw his shoes at Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in Herat on Friday, during an event at a mosque, was arrested by security forces on Saturday. Click here to read
Tolo News: Addressing an event in Mazar-e-Sharif on Sunday, Noor accused Hekmatyar of not acknowledging government despite having signed a peace accord. Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Sunday warned the central government not to conspire against him and said he would respond to those at the Presidential Palace if such moves are not stopped. He
Tolo News: Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said the recent statement by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the Hizb-e-Islami leader, about Afghanistan’s National Hero Ahmad Shah Massoud are rooted from a reprisal and that those remarks will not affect the status of the country’s martyrs. Abdullah said that Hekmatyar was seeking fame by making such ‘false allegations’.
Tolo News: The next president who steps into the presidential palace and takes over the office will be someone who wins the support of Hizb-e-Islami in the next presidential election, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, head of Hizb-e-Islami said at a press conference in Kabul on Saturday. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: Members of a number of political parties on Thursday criticized Jamiat-e-Islami Party of Afghanistan for the recent demands they made, saying that the downfall of the incumbent government would not be in favor of the people nor to the benefit of any political movement in the country. Sayed Mansur Naderi, head of the National
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 31, 2017 Gunmen in northwestern Pakistan on May 30 gunned down a close aide and relative of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, an Afghan militant leader who signed a peace deal with the government last year, officials said. Hekmatyar’s Hezb-i Islami party identified the slain man as Mohammad Fareed and blamed “elements against