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Hizb-E-Islami Members Fight Alongside Taliban in Kandahar

Hizb-E-Islami Members Fight Alongside Taliban in Kandahar

KABUL - Members of Hizb-e-Islami, who were released from prisons, have joined Taliban ranks in Kandahar province and are causing security problems in the province, Kandahar police chief general Abdul Raziq said on Monday.
In an interview with Sarkhat newspaper, Kandahar’s powerful police commander said the recent suicide attack, which left at least eleven children dead in Daman district of the province, was a plot by Wali Mohammad, a member of the Gulbuddin Hekmatyar-led Hizb-e-Islami party, who was released from jail by the government.
But Hizb-e-Islami officials have rejected the allegations and said no released member of the group had returned to the battlefield.
According to Abdul Raziq, a top commander of Taliban who had been arrested by the security forces in Arghistan district of the province, was released under the name of anHizb-e-Islami inmate, but gave no details about the identity of the suspect.
“I can challenge all, that if anyone from those released and their names were announced officially in media, joined opponent ranks. These things are brought to disrupt the peace process between the government and Hizb-e-Islami,” said a member of the Hizb-e-Islami party, Mohammad Amin Karim.
Meanwhile, lawmakers in Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) have stressed the need for close monitoring of activities by the Afghan government of the freed members of Hizb-e-Islami.
“Afghan government should be monitoring those released to see what these individuals are doing. The monitoring process should be authentic and up close,” said MP Makhdoom Abdullah Mohammadi.
Also, officials from the High Peace Council (HPC) have rejected the possible involvement of Hizb-e-Islami members in waging war against the government.
“We do not have any samples of those who were released and returned to war,” said HPC spokesman SayedEhsanTahiri.
But Hizb-e-Islami officials urge the government to take steps and provide job opportunities to the reconciled members of the group.
“At least a working workshop should be held for them, and initially the government pledged to do so, but it has not delivered on its commitment,” added Karim Amin.
This comes at a time when, to date, over 153 members of Hizb-e-Islami have been released from prisons.
Sources have said that from the total figure, 70 constitute top commanders and key members of the Hizb-e-Islami group. (Tolo news)