Hekmatyar urges Taliban to reconcile 


KABUL: Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the former premier, and chief of Hezb-e-Islami called on the Taliban to follow his path and join the Afghan Peace process while voicing his optimism for peace among hundreds of his supporters in Kabul, on Saturday. 

As one of the most notorious Jihadi leaders, who fought against the Soviet Invasion and then against the U.S. in post-Taliban Afghanistan, Hekmatyar encouraged the Taliban to follow his path and negotiate a peaceful settlement to the decades long conflict in Afghanistan. Following years of negotiations between the government and Hezb-e-Islmai, Hekmatyar ended his armed resistance against the Afghan government and signed a peace accord in 2016.

Talking to his supporters from behind a bullet resistant glass, Hekmatyar demanded the resignation of the current government and called for an interim government and full withdrawal of the foreign troops. 

This is while Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, at the Heart of Asia ministerial conference in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, implied consent to a proposed interim government in the country.