Saleh compares safe zones deal for Taliban to second Durand Line treaty
By Khaama Press - Sat Mar 24 2018, 3:22 pm
The former Afghan intelligence chief and leader of the Afghanistan Green Trend movement Amrullah Saleh reacted to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s demands for the establishment of the safe zones for the Taliban as he warned that the deal would create another major national issue for the country similar to Durand Line agreement.
In an online statement posted on his official Twitter account, Saleh warned that the deal would mean that the Durand Line would furhter pushed to the gates of Kabul and will remain a similar as Durand Line, insisting that the agreement will be similar as that of the Gandomak treaty.
Hekmatyar wants safe zones 4 Taliban. It means he wants the Durand line pushed & extended further west all the way 2 gates of Kabl. Says these zones be governed by mutual consent of Govt & d Tb. Ironic, that is exactly repetition of Gandomak treaty.That is how 1st Durand started
— Amrullah Saleh (@AmrullahSaleh2) March 24, 2018
Speaking during a press conference in Kabul, 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.
However, the Taliban group has so far refrained from participation in direct peace talks with the Afghan government and insists on direct talks with the US.
This comes despite the Afghan government last month announced its offer for reconciliation with the Taliban group and promised that the government is prepared to identify the group as a political group if it refrains from insurgency and join peace talks.