Gulbudin Hekmatyar warned on Wednesday that Islamabad’s “impulsive” behavior could alienate and distance Afghans. Warlord Hekmatyar in a written interview told reporters that “In its quest for US favors, Pakistan has alienated the Afghan people and mujahideen. Islamabad cannot play any role in stabilizing Afghanistan and restoring peace.” Hekmatyar accused Islamabad of putting the US interests above its own and blamed Pakistan for the killings of nearly 130,000 Afghans.
The warlord acknowledged his group had met with Afghan and US officials to discuss peace in the region. He said preconditions to dialogue had been communicated in these meetings. He refuted claims that Former President Rabbani’s death would make significant difference to the peace process.
Hekmatyar also warned Washington that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s death had not weakened the insurgents, and peace was only possible if the occupying forces left the country.