The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has boycotted the upcoming consultative peace Jirga (assembly of leaders) as a various prominent political leaders have already boycotted the gathering, citing it as a move by the government to lobby for the upcoming presidential elections rather raising voices for reconciliation.

Sources close to Hekmatyar have confirmed that the leader of Hezb-e-Islami will not participate in the gathering.

In the meantime, reports indicate that that Mohammad Karim Khalili has also boycotted the consultative peace Jirga.

This comes as the former President Hamid Karzai has warned the government to refrain from convening the consultative peace Jirga, emphasizing that the gathering is not favor of the country considering the current situation.