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Foreign troops; what is Hekmatyar worried about?

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a political figure who has always disagreed with everything and has taken the opposing stance.
The latest controversy of Mr. Hekmatyar is the statement which is about the presence of foreign military and their future increase in Afghanistan.
NATO leaders have recently said at the meeting of the member states in Brussels that they will review the issue of increasing NATO troops in Afghanistan.
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar also said at a news conference in Kabul last week that he is opposed to the presence of foreign troops in the country.
Hekmatyar does not see the presence of NATO troops for the benefit of Afghanistan as well as for peace with the anti-government oppositions.

The questions which arise in minds about Mr. Hekmatyar’s stances are whether Hekmatyar carefully takes a position or is in a political ecstasy dreaming!
Hekmatyar is against national unity government!
Hekmatyar is against the presence of foreign troops!
Hekmatyar is against protest and demonstration!
Hekmatyar is against forming a political coalition!
Now the people of Afghanistan are wondered that Is Hekmatyar for any issue or not, because all of his records are the same as the oppositions.
Countries that have military in Afghanistan provide nearly 80% of Afghanistan’s total military budget.

The presence of foreign military can help country’s security forces in providing security and suppressing armed oppositions in mountainous areas.
Experience has pointed that the security forces have not been able to repress the oppositions and to carry out successful operations in mountainous areas and the security situation has collapsed since taking all the security responsibilities.
The presence of the foreign troops in the country has led to the collapse of Taliban regime, establishment of a new system, and forming a central government.
Everyone knows that all parties involved in civil-war are armed and the lack of external forces undoubtedly contributes to armed oppositions among the political groups.
However, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s objection with the presence of foreign forces is not out of two ways. One; Helmatyar’s stance is sentimental and due to his 20 year exile from the political arena in the country. Two; he wants to make a public appearance by adopting populist positions for his next political agenda.
It seems that Hekmatyar’s opposition is more populist, because this political figure does not have a good status among the people and his name is tied to the rocket fire in Kabul in the 1370s.
He knows well that he has no place among the people, at least in Kabul city, which is why he has resorted to false and nationalistic stances and wants to be in the next political cycle.

So the opposition to the presence of foreign troops is not a calculated political movement, but rather a false nationalism, which is issued from the address of Hekmatyar.
Hekmatyar knows well that without the foreigners and their military, the new establishment will not last a long time and if Taliban cannot pull it apart, the political groups inside the system, including Hekmatyar’s Hezb-e Islami will destroy it.
Finally, Hekmatyar is not opposed to the presence and increase of foreign forces in the country, nor concerns for political stability and permanent peace in the country. He is more concerned about the powerful presence of Jamiat-e Islami as the traditional rival of Hezb-e Islami in power and the formation of a coalition against his next plans.

Zaher Shokoohmand – (DID) news agency
Translated by: Taher Mojab

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