KABUL, Afghanistan – Presidential Spokesman Sediq Sediqqi reacted over Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s statement of interim government a political solution in Afghanistan, saying he had nothing to offer to people other than “opposing authoritarian regimes” in the past four decades.
Hours after the press conference, where Hekmatyar exclaimed an interim government is the “only solution” to current problems in Afghanistan, Seddiqi wrote in a tweet, “the people are indifferent to such statements.”
“By the grace of God, there is freedom of expression in our country and the government is committed to political freedoms,” he said in a tweet. “This gentleman [Hekmatyar], however, never had any other message to the people of Afghanistan in the last four decades other than such statements and opposition to authoritarian regimes.”
“The people are indifferent to such statements,” Sediqqi further said.
Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar at news conference Sunday in Kabul said the Taliban do not want the current government, suggesting interim government is a political settlement in the country.
Addressing his recent official trip to Pakistan, Hekmatyar said there would be peace in Afghanistan and that he would do so to ensure peace in the country, adding Pakistan had assured him that it would work honestly in the Afghan peace process.
Meanwhile, backlashing over the current insecurities throughout the Afghanistan, Hekmatyar said providing security is one of the responsibilities of the government and if it cannot ensure it should render the duty to people.
During a press conference in Islamabad earlier this week, he said the United States has failed in Afghanistan and has no choice but to leave, criticizing the ongoing peace talks in Doha the process is between a Presidential Palace team and the Taliban – not really intra-Afghan.
In Pakistan, Hekmatyar met with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, discussing Afghan peace and Pakistan’s role in the process.