A prominent Afghan political figure and ex-member of the parliament Mohammad Younus Qanooni reacted at the suggestions to establish safe zones for the Taliban group.

In his speech during a gathering organized for peace process, Qanooni said the establishment of safe zones for the Taliban group would mean partition of Afghanistan.

Qanooni further added that those who are making suggestions should rethink about the issue and carefully review their recommendations.

This comes as the leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar emphasizes that the safe zones might encourage Taliban to accept the offer for peace talks.

Speaking during a press conference in Kabul last month, the leader of Hezb-e-Islami pointed towards his recommendations for the safe zones for Taliban and said such zones should be created in a bid to help protect the Taliban group members and their families who are willing to join peace process.

He rejected the notion that Hezb-e-Islami supports the handover of the control of certain provinces to Taliban.

Hekmatyar has apparently made the recommendation to persuade the Taliban group leaders to participate in peace process.