Gulbaddin Hekmatyar proposes intra Afghanistan talks without foreign mediation

KABUL: Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan Chief Gulbaddin Hekmatyar has proposed intra-Afghanistan talks without mediation from any foreign power. Hekmatyar peace plan, ostensibly, leaves no mediatory role for Pakistan although it has been doing its best to bring the Afghan Government and the Taliban to the negotiating table. The two sides have already held a round of talks and the second was due to be held in Murree some weeks ago when the belated news of Mullah Omar death a few years ago led to an indefinite postponement. The HIA chief said talks should be comprehensive and their agenda be decided keeping in sight the ground realities. He did not identify the parties that should take part in the negotiation. Any body who had supported the Soviet Union or NATO Forces or wants the foreign forces to stay on in Afghanistan should be removed as head of any security institution. He said election for the president, national and provincial assemblies should be held in 2016. In response to a question, Hekmatyar said there is no difference in the policies of former president Hamid Karzai and incumbent Ashraf Ghani in the presence of foreign troops.