Stay of foreign forces to extend war in Afghanistan: Hekmatyar
15 October, 2013
PESHAWAR: Hezb-e-Islami's leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar said the stay of foreign forces in Afghanistan would yield nothing and would extend the war.
According to the Afghan Islamic Press, in a statement issued on the occasion of Eidul Azha, he said, "Let us find an internal solution to the crisis through intra-Afghan understanding without the interference of outsiders. We should realise that the presence of foreign forces will lead to continuation of war."
He said those calling for the stay of foreign forces in Afghanistan must know that their stance would bring humiliation to them. The Afghan leader said the foreign forces were facing defeat in Afghanistan and were unable to install a stable government.
"The system imposed through arms and money is on the verge of collapse as the officials are involved in corruption. "The occupying forces have no other choice except to leave Afghanistan," he stated.About the US decision to have bases in Afghanistan, Hekmatyar termed the proposed security pact with United States tantamount to selling Afghanistan.
Criticising the upcoming presidential election, he said, "The Americans were trying to keep the Afghan busy in fake election and to install their stooge."Hekmatyar said the US would have to pull out its troops from Afghanistan due to heavy spending on war and its weakening economy.
"Some circles are trying to pave the way for factional fighting and get Iran, Pakistan and India entangled in the war. Regrettably, they have not learnt from the past," he said.