KABUL, 21 September 2020, (Nation): Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, veteran Afghan mujahideen leader and head of the Hezb-e-Islami party, has expressed his willingness to form an alliance with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

“Hezb-e-Islami is ready for direct talks with the Taliban, as well as for partnership and cooperation. We believe that if these two groups join hands, the crisis in Afghanistan will end soon and no force will be able to stand against it,” he told supporters at the party’s headquarters in the capital Kabul on Saturday.

“When the first round of talks between Kabul [the Afghan government] and the Taliban is completed, we are ready for the Hezb-e-Islami and the Taliban to start talks. The decision now rests with the Taliban.”

The Taliban, engaged in landmark direct talks with the Afghan government since last Saturday, is yet to comment on the offer.

Hekmatyar asserted that the Afghan government was “weak and divided,” while the Taliban and Hezb-e-Islami “share mutual beliefs, values, and ideology.”

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Earlier this month, he said the US had realized that its presence in Afghanistan had resulted in nothing but financial and human losses.

“They [Americans] want a deal with the Taliban – implemented soon and without delay – and the Kabul government has also been told that the agreement will be implemented [even if they oppose it],” he said.

Hekmatyar claimed the Afghan government was looking to delay the peace process until November’s US presidential election.

On the role of other regional countries, he said India, due to its rivalry with Pakistan, was dissatisfied with the peace push and had started supporting local militias to act as spoilers.

“China and Pakistan have a common and coordinated position on Afghanistan, not only do they support the peace process, rather they see it as beneficial to their regional interests, especially if it leads to a reduction in India’s presence in Afghanistan,” he said.

 

 

KABUL, 20 September 2020, (TON):  20 (ANI): The UNSC issued a statement on Friday regarding Afghanistan peace negotiations in Doha, Qatar on 12 September 2020. It welcomed the start of the Afghanistan peace negotiations and reaffirmed the Security Council's strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Afghanistan."

The members of the Security Council recognized that a sustainable peace can be achieved only through a comprehensive and inclusive Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process that aims at a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire as well as an inclusive political settlement to end the conflict in Afghanistan.
The members of the Security Council strongly encouraged parties to the negotiations to continue pursuing confidence-building measures including reductions in violence, and to continue to engage in good faith, the statement further said.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the importance of the United Nations’ role in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan and welcomed the efforts of all regional and international partners of Afghanistan in facilitating intra-Afghan negotiations and in helping the parties reach peace.
The members of the Security Council thanked the Government of Qatar for facilitating the first round of negotiations, the statement added.
The members of the Security Council, as quoted in the statement, emphasized the importance of the implementation of its relevant resolutions, including resolution 2513 (2020).

KABUL, 20 September 2020 (TON): One person was killed and five others injured in an IED explosion which took place in Mazar-i-Sharif on  Saturday evening. explosion took place near Sina Stadium when a convoy of Afghan security forces was passing through the area.The injured were rushed to Abu Ali Sina Balkhi hospital in Balkh, Mazar-i-Sharif.

This is the third terrorist incident; earlier two security personnel died in separate blasts at Dedadi district of Balkh province and Paktika province on Saturday. The Afghan authorities confirmed that Mohammad Hashim, an National Directorate of Security (NDS) commander, was injured in the blast.

The frequency of violence continues to increase as the hope for restoration of peace in Afghanistan is progressing. The terrorists’ incidents are being carried out by the elements who do not desire that talks with Taliban are successful. Peace talks in Doha between the Afghan government and Taliban which started last week is likely to be affected by the violence.

 

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