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HIA asks Seema Samar to respect peace deal

HIA asks Seema Samar to respect peace deal

May 03, 2017 - 00:04

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA) on Tuesday asked the human rights commission chief, Seema Samar, to respect the peace agreement between the party and the government.

Qarib Rahman Saeed, HIA spokesman, told reporters in Kabul their party was adhered to womeninfo-icon’s rights Islam had given to them.

A day earlier, Seema Samar, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission head, told a gathering that she hoped HIA leader Gulbadin Hekmayar would not repeat his past acts and would not return to violence.

She had said Hekmatyar could not reverse the strides the Afghans had taken towards rebuilding their country and reviving their civilization, in which the women had a special role.

Hekmatyar emerged in eastern Laghman province on Saturday from decades of hiding after his party signed a peace deal with the government in September.

The HIA leader addressed gatherings in Laghman and neighbouring Nangarhar province, but his comments about women drew ire.

HIA spokesman Qarib Rahman Saeed said AIHRC chief Samar Samar was herself accused of war crimes and she should respect the peace deal with the HIA and the government.

About women’s rights, Saeed said their leader Hekmatyar was committed to women’s rights which Islam had given to them.

He said some people had expressed opposition to offering prayer by women in mosqueinfo-icon, but in the Afghan culture women went to gudar , a place by riverside from where drinking water can be taken home.

“Afghan women collect firewood from mountains and do other similar works, so they can go to mosque as well,” Saeed said, recalling the HIA had set up exclusive schools for girls during the jihadinfo-icon era. He said the HIA had an active women wing.

He said if the HIA reached power, the party would give women more representation in the government. About Hekmatyar’s comments about some media outlets, he said, the HIA leader’s target was those media organizations which fueled ethnic tension.

The HIA spokesman also said they did not need weapons and the party had asked its fighters not to use their guns against the government. He said a joint commission was being created to register the HIA fighters.

Recently, Balk governor Atta Mohammad Noor expressed his concern about weapons with the HIA supporters and alleged distribution of more weapons to them by the government.



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