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Presidential Palace Slams Hekmatyar for Insulting, Irresponsible Assertions

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Monday September 16, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Presidential Spokesman has slammed the leader of the Hezb-e-Islami party, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar for making what it said an insulting and irresponsible assertions against the country’s security and defense forces, BNA reported. Hekmatyar has said that the country’s security and defense forces ‘were joining battlefields not with a sacred motivation, but for money as they suffer harsh poverty and economic problems’. The irresponsible assertions were made by Hekmatyar at a gathering under tight security by the country’s security and defense forces. The Hezb-e-Islami Party leader has also called the country’s President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani a barrier before peace and added that some circles within the system benefit from the continuation of war.
Wide number of security and defense forces, civil society activists, citizens and the system officials have reacted to the assertions made by Gulbuddin Hekmatayar. They said the Afghan security forces are protecting the country’s national interest and insult to them were indeed an insult to the entire Afghan great nation. Hamid Stanekzay in-charge of Paktia provincial counter criminal official in reaction to the assertions said: “I have not studied for 17 years to join the Afghan armed forces to receive 26,500 Afghanis, but for the country’s pride.” “We are not fighting for money, but for defending the country’s territorial integrity,” he said.
The spokesman of the Presidential Palace, Sediq Sediqi called the assertions insulting and irresponsible and added the government of Afghanistan wanted Hekmatyar to apologize from the country’s security and defense forces. According to him, Hekmatyar is now able to run for the presidential election with the ‘bless of the country’s security and defense forces.’ He also rejected the Hezb-e-Islami Party leader’s sayings if President Ashraf Ghani was an obstacle to ahead of peace process and said the country’s government was the main supporter of peace, but the process should be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned.

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