Hekmatyar demands polls in first half of 2014
25 October, 2012
KABUL: The Hizb-i-Islami leader, Engineer Gulbadin Hekmatyar has said the present system of Afghanistan could not run the country after the withdrawal of the foreign forces by 2014.
In his message on Wednesday on the occasion of Eidul Azha, available with the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP), Hekmatyar pointed out his proposals suggesting how to stop fighting in Afghanistan after the foreign forces leave the country.
Transparent and credible elections should be held in the country in the first six months of 2014, Hekmatyar suggested.
The Hizb-i-Islami leader said the resistance of mujahideen against the foreign troops is near to achieve success, and that the American and NATO troops are about to face defeat and leave the country.
"The Afghans and the entire Muslim Ummah would have to face a massive war as all the infidel powers have become united to fight against the Muslim Ummah," he said in his statement.
The Britain and some powerful American elements believe the solution of the Afghan conflict is in the disintegration of Afghanistan, he lamented.
"In fact the government has become weakened. Influential figures have lost their status and credibility and are facing fierce internal and external differences.
The foreign forces have failed. The situation is worsening day by day. It seems we would have to face some unpredictable incidents after 2014," he said in his statement.
"The presence of the foreign forces would only cause continuation of war. Neither the Afghans accept their stay nor they could address any issue," he added.
"All should agree with complete withdrawal of the foreign forces by 2014," the Hizb-i-Islami leader said.
The present structure of the Afghan security forces should be kept intact after 2014, he suggested.
"Transparent and credible elections should be held in the first six months of 2014," the statement added.
Hinting at the feeble financial situation, Hekmatyar said the country would not be able to have a large army and suggested that serving in the army for at least a year should be made compulsory on every Afghan, Hekmatyar maintained.
"Press and electronic media, telecommunication companies, private townships, prisons, forces and security firms, NGOs and other such organisations should be completely freed from the influence of foreigners and be brought under the umbrella of the government.
The government should implement same curriculum in all the education institutions. No country should be allowed to interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan," he suggested in his statement.
It's pertinent to mention here that Muslims across the globe, including Afghanistan, are going to celebrate the Eidul Azha on Friday (October 26).