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Hekmatyar Exposes Heinous
Crimes To Annan
By Nadeem Shaker, IOL Afghanistan Correspondent
KABUL, March 6
- Former Afghan
prime minister Gulbuddin
Hekmatyar sent a message to U.N. Secretary
General Kofi Annan detailing the
heinous crimes perpetrated by U.S. forces against
the Afghan people.
The message, a copy of which was obtained by
IslamOnline.net, put forward a
plan to settle the Afghanistan crisis only if
Annan was interested in taking
some concrete steps to resolve the problem.
The barbaric U.S. bombardment of the Afghan
people exacted a death toll and
wrecked appalling havoc on Afghan towns, stressed
Hekmatyar, noting that
Annan must have heard about the tragedy of the
Afghan people from
humanitarian relief agencies.
The eight-page message dwelt on the unimaginable
destruction done by the U.S.
forces in the country since 2001, citing as an
example the U.S. incursion
into the district of Helmand, which left up to 17
women and 45 children
The Helmand operation came in retaliation for an
attack on the U.S. troops,
who failed to hunt down the perpetrators and
decided to bombard innocent
civilians for five consecutive days.
Another brutal aggression, the message said, was
when the U.S. jetfighters
bombarded a wedding ceremony using 1,000-Kg
bombs, claiming the lives of 117
civilians and wounding 53 others.
The unbridled U.S. raids and ethnic cleansing are
only aimed at terrorizing
and coercing the Afghan people into cooperating
with U.S. troops, said
Hekmatyar, who played a key role in the war
against Soviet occupation forces
in the 1980s.
He said the Americans should bear in mind that
the Afghan people cannot be
arm-twisted to cooperate with the aggressors.
The ethnic cleansing operations, in effect,
revealed the true face of the
Americans to the Afghan people and uncovered
their evil intentions, he
When will the inhuman U.S. bombardment and ethnic
carried out under the pretext of cracking down on
Taliban and al-Qaeda
fugitives, come to an end? Hekmatyar wondered.
When will the United Nations stop justifying the
U.S. reprisals on innocent
people and demolition of entire villages? He
Hekmatyar further said the Afghan people are
longing for the protection of an
impartial peace keeping force, adding that the
current International Security
Assistance Force (ISAF) was formed by the U.S.
and not the U.N.
It is crystal clear that U.S. President George W.
wants to be crowned as
the conqueror of the world and to that end, he
does not care about the lives
of innocent Afghans, he charged.
For A U.N. Pivotal Role
Hekmatyar further asserted that if the U.N.
wanted to play a pivotal role in
settling the Afghanistan crisis, it should
withdraw all foreign troops from
Afghanistan and take effective measures to
prevent the influx of weapons to
the country by road and air.
He also proposed reforming the Afghan provisional
government in a way that
suit all Afghans.
The U.S., Russia, Britain and Germany should
pledge not to provide any
assistance to the Afghan government or groups, he
The former prime minister pressed for organizing
fair and free general
elections in accordance with a timetable setting
up unanimously by all Afghan
factions in an extraordinary conference.
Hekmatyar stressed that the international body
should play an effective role
in holding this conference to avoid a repetition
of the past mistake of
allowing the Americans and the Russians to
dictate their terms and choose
All Afghan factions should guarantee that the
Afghan soil would not be a
source of instability in the region, a launching
pad for terrorism or a
fertile ground for poppy trafficking and
cultivation, he added.
Husbanullah Mutawakel, a well versed expert in
the Afghan affairs, said the
message carries Hekmatyar''s signature inked on
previous messages which means
that it is an authentic one.
"The timing of the message comes in view of the
current situation in
Afghanistan and the deteriorating security
conditions, especially when some
ISAF countries have declared their pull-out from
the country, in addition to the
crisis, which has caught the world
attention," he remarked.
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