‘Butcher of Kabul’ calls for peace in 1st public appearance in 20 years

… from Russia Today,  Moscow

Hekmatyar with CIA Deputy Director Richard Kerr

[ Editor’s Note: Oh my, what a surprise here – a blast from the past. While the story mentions Hekmatyar being a CIA asset during the Soviet-Afghan War and a close friend of Osama bin Laden, it left out that Osama was a full CIA case officer, Tim Osman, who even used his medical benefits when he was on the terror lists.

Our Pakistani ISI Intel friends had filled us in on all this long ago. General Hamid Gul, former ISI chief, now deceased, was a long-time VT editorial board member, and is in our In Memoriam section now.

The best satire line I have read in some time is the one below where the US had designated Hekmatyar as a “global terrorist”. I would have to ask, “compared to who, what country or countries”, and how much carnage did he create, compared to the real global terrorists?

Hekmatyar’s coming out of the closet now has been well-received by the current Afghan government, but we have no public comment yet from the US State Department or the Taliban.

Continuing the current Afghan war is keeping the ten big heroin processing plants running smoothly, cranking out a $100 billion a year that is making a lot of powerful people happy. They would hate to say bye-bye to that conveyor belt of cash. Sure, there is a lot of potential raw material wealth in Afghanistan, but earning that is real work; it takes real capital, a long time, and has far lower profit margins.

I could see the heroin kings going along with a peace deal with the understanding that their drug operations would be left alone. That runs contrary to the Taliban’s long time position on drugs, but the mega dealers have found that friendship and understand can usually be purchased when you have huge amounts of money to buy it withJim W. Dean ]

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A younger Hekmatyar

– First published  …  April 30,  2017  –

Infamous Afghan warlord and CIA-funded mujahideen, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who “worked closely” with Osama bin Laden and rose to become prime minister in a bloody civil war after the USSR’s collapse, has urged the Taliban to lay down their weapons and join “the peace caravan.”

Hekmatyar, who earned the title the “Butcher of Kabul” for his leading role in the bloody civil war of the 1990s, returned to public life Saturday, and for the first time in 20 years spoke at a small gathering in the Laghman province.

The leader of the Islamist organization Hezb-i-Islami told his members in a televised appearance: “Let’s join hands to end war and bring peace in Afghanistan.”

“I invite you to join the peace caravan and stop the pointless, meaningless and unholy war,” he said, urging all insurgent groups to end the war and join the peace process in Afghanistan.

Hekmatyar, a former close friend of Osama Bin Laden, added that only Afghans can bring peace and stability to the country, not foreigners.

Hekmatyar was a prominent Mujahideen commander and a CIA asset during the Soviet-Afghan war in the 1980s. He was later accused of killing thousands of people when his fighters fired on civilian areas of Kabul during the 1992-96 civil war.

The warlord was designated a “global terrorist” by the United States in 2003, standing accused of participating in and supporting attacks by al-Qaeda and the Taliban. He was blacklisted at Washington’s request by the UN the same year.

In a 2006 interview, Hekmatyar claimed his fighters had helped Osama Bin Laden escape from Tora Bora.

He agreed a peace deal via video link with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani last September – the first peace treaty since the war with the Taliban began in 2001.

Following on from this, the United Nations Security Council agreed to drop sanctions against him in February, clearing the way for him to return openly to Afghanistan.

While the exiled warlord’s hideout over the years was unknown, it was believed he lived in the eastern Kunar province, making occasional trips into Pakistan.

The country’s chief executive officer, Abdullah Abdullah, praised Hekmatyar’s embrace of peace during a ceremony marking the 25th Mujahideen Victory Day on Saturday.

Hekmatyar today is “in his own country and on his own soil, proudly among his own people and the Afghan people have welcomed him, too,” Abdullah Abdullah said.“We hope that this would be an example for others.”

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  1. Eagle Strike  May 1, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    @Abbas Ali, First things first:

    >Ponit no.1: Parachinar attack was done by ISIS which was rebranded by RAW (India’s intel agency) and NDS ( Kabul’s intel agency), previously it was known as TTP and has strongholds in Kunar, Nuristan, Nangarhar is strongly supported by Nothern Alliance drug cartel. Even few days ago 15 indian nationals including 3 hindu RAW officers of ISIS were killed in MOAB attack, it also includes other individuals as well who were on Pakistan Army’s wanted list and were so-called TTP aka ISIS.

    • Eagle Strike  May 1, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      >Point no.2: Painting everything Shia-Sunni by iranian mullah or Shia-card tacics.
      In most of the attacks carried out against Pakistan by indias’s proxy BLA ( Balochistan Libration Army), BLF ( Balochistan liberation front) have base camps in iran ( Chabahar) which is rival to CPEC. Read what arrested indias’s serving navy officer Kalbushan Yadav and RAW agent had to say in his confession video. He used to operate from Chabahar Iran. So, first Iranian propagandists of Presstv need to look into mirror.

      I know iran is heavily investing into propaganda machinery but it won’t work anymore with their support of more than dozen terrorist organizations.These iranians even lured Pakistani shias in their dirty war on emotional grounds and result was they were killed in Syria and Iraq until their families came to know of them.
      These iranian mullahs are even using 10% of Pakistani shias as cannon fodder in Syria, Iraq etc.

    • Eagle Strike  May 1, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      >Point no.3: TTP and TTA are two different orgs. ISIS aka TTP was created by Blackwaters to destablize Pakistan from Kunar, Nuristan and Nangahar but later India and Kabul’s NDS intel agency took full control of it and the result was deaths of 40,000 Pakistanis but Pakistn won this war in the end. Now they are hiding in Nangahar, Kunar and Nuristan.

      On top of that kabul since 1950’s to 1980’s had been attacking Pakistan’s western border with rockets and artillery shells in hopes to catpure Pakistani provinces of KPK and Balochistan to create Loy Afghanistan. So, myth of Pakistan this and Pakistan that is another level of BS. Someone needs to ask from iran what ex-Afghan Taliban chief Akhtar Mansoor’s family doing n iran?

    • Eagle Strike  May 1, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Point no.4: TTA or Afghan Taliban are basically disgruntled Majority Pashtun tribes of Afghanistan who have been oppressed by Nothern Alliance groups comprising of Uzbeks/Tajiks/Hazara and other minorities sitting in kabul and they even control 43% of land. And adding insult to Mr.Abbas’s injury Hazara shias are frequently killed by Iranian allies Northern Alliance men, just google it. lol. And Iranian propaganda machinery doesn’t even speak about it.

      And it was NDS (Afghan intel agency contorlled by northern alliance) who has always sabotaged peace talks once peace talks were moving forward NDS released info which broken peace talks in almost all cases.

    • Eagle Strike  May 1, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      >Point no.5: India’s RAW supported terrorists ISIS/TTP/JuA & BLA/BLF/BRF have base camps in Kunar, Nuristan, Nangahar & iran’s chabahar to groups operating against Pakistan. When Pakistan started to fence Afg border, kabul started to cry so you know kabul doesn’t want fence because that will completely isolate kabuls proxies sponsered by India’s RAW.

      As far Iran/India/Kabul is concerned they will get PAYBACK. No matter how much they try to colorize or paint attacks on Pakistan as this or that through their propaganda machinery inspite of the fact majority of victim were Sunnis. Anyways Shia or Sunni both are PAKISTANI first. (Period)

      Anyways these iranian mullahs are supporting houthi, hizbullah, BLA, BLF proxies. india & Kabul supports TTP/ISIS against Pakistan. And india’s brutality and genocide against Kashmiri’s continues.

    • Eagle Strike  May 1, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      >Point no.6: Dual policy of Iran/India/Kabul puppets, they should be last one speaking against Pakistan because of their own proxy games against Pakistan and jealousy of CPEC (China-Pakistan economic corridor).

  2. Abbas Ali  May 1, 2017 at 4:32 am

    He was the last warlord to accept the first democratically elected government of President Burhanuddin Rabbani ( assassinated some years ago) after the Soviet army left and after a difficult time, Burhanuddin Rabbani was elected as President.

    Hardly had the new government of Rabbani taken office, then suddenly, the Taliban appeared out of nowhere from the border areas of Pakistan——before this, nobody had even heard about any group called “Taliban” which means “students”——- and they upset the applecart of the newly elected government.

    Soon the groups divided, and the new scenario was the Taliban, with the active support of Pakistan, went to war with the other warlords which came to be known as the Northern Alliance, led by Ahmed Shah Masoud, (also assassinated many years later).

    So long as Pakistan allows safe havens for the Taliban, there is not going to be any peace in Afghanistan, and there is no such thing as a “moderate” Taliban. They are all hardliners, and have targeted the Shia minorities many times both in Pakistan and Afghanistan, not even sparing the children. Even now, they and others of their ilk, have been targeting Shia pilgrims in the Parachinar area.

    • Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor  May 1, 2017 at 5:27 am

      Abbas, thank you for this excellent comment.

    • Jaffer Jamil  May 1, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Abbas Ali, you do have a point. Though do remember that Pakistan 25% Shia population, whom it would be suicidal to anyagonize. I will ask you to take into consideration that the areas of Pakistan (Hindukush mountains) are about as much in Pakistan governments controll as the Nursistan plateau is under the afghani governments. Or, for the matter, the mountains of Madhya Pradesh in India – where banditry has been rampant since 1857. Or, for that matter, the Appalchians in the USA. Or the Caucasus in Russia.

    • Eagle Strike  May 1, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      @Abbas Ali, First I will talk about things painted by Iranian mullah.

      >Ponit no.1: Parachinar attack was done by ISIS which was rebranded by RAW (India’s intel agency) and NDS ( Kabul’s intel agency), previously it was known as TTP and has strongholds in Kunar, Nuristan, Nangarhar is strongly supported by Nothern Alliance drug cartel. Even few days ago 15 indian nationals including 3 hindu RAW officers of ISIS were killed in MOAB attack, it also includes other individuals as well who were on Pakistan Army’s wanted list and were so-called TTP aka ISIS.

    • Eagle Strike  May 1, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      >Point no.2: Painting everything Shia-Sunni by iranian mullah or Shia-card tacics.
      In most of the attacks carried out against Pakistan by indias’s proxy BLA ( Balochistan Libration Army), BLF ( Balochistan liberation front) have base camps in iran ( Chabahar) which is rival to CPEC. Read what arrested indias’s serving navy officer Kalbushan Yadav and RAW agent had to say in his confession video. He used to operate from Chabahar iran. So, first Iranian propagandists of Presstv need to look into mirror.

      I know iran is heavily investing into propaganda machinery but it won’t work anymore with their support of more than dozen terrorist organizations.These iranians even lured Pakistani shias in their dirty war on emotional grounds and result was they were killed in Syria and Iraq until their families came to know othem.
      These iranian mullahs are even using 10% of Pakistani shias as cannon fodder in Syria, Iraq etc.

    • Eagle Strike  May 1, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      >Point no.3: TTP and TTA are two different orgs. ISIS aka TTP was created by Blackwaters to destablize Pakistan from Kunar, Nuristan and Nangahar but later india and kabul’s NDS intel agency took full control of it and the result was deaths of 40,000 Pakistanis but Pakistn won this war in the end. Now they are hiding in Nangahar, Kunar and Nuristan.

      On top of that kabul since 1950’s to 1980’s had been attacking Pakistan’s western border with rockets and artillery shells in hopes to catpure Pakistani provinces of KPK and Balochistan to create Loy Afghanistan. So, myth of Pakistan this and Pakistan that is another level of BS. Someone needs to ask from iran what ex-Afghan Taliban chief Akhtar Mansoor’s family doing n iran?

    • Eagle Strike  May 1, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      Point no.4: TTA or Afghan Taliban are basically disgruntled Majority Pashtun tribes of Afghanistan who have been oppressed by Nothern Alliance groups comprising of Uzbeks/Tajiks/Hazara and other minorities sitting in kabul and they even control 43% of land. And adding insult to Mr.Abbas’s injury Hazara shias are frequently killed by iranian allies Northern Alliance men, just google it. lol. And iranian propaganda machinery doesn’t even speak about it.
      And it was NDS (Afghan intel agency contorlled by northern alliance) who has always sabotaged peace talks once peace talks were moving forward NDS released info which broken peace talks in almost all cases.

    • Eagle Strike  May 1, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      >Point no.5: India’s RAW supported terrorists ISIS/TTP/JuA & BLA/BLF/BRF have base camps in Kunar, Nuristan, Nangahar & Iran’s chabahar to groups operating against Pakistan. When Pakistan started to fence Afg border, kabul started to cry so you know kabul doesn’t want fence because that will completely isolate kabuls proxies sponsered by india’s RAW.

      As far iran/india/kabul is concerned they will get PAYBACK. No matter how much they try to colorize or paint attacks on Pakistan as this or that through their propaganda machinery inspite of the fact majority of victims were Sunnis. Be it Sunnis or Shias, they both are PAKISTANI first. (Period)

      Anyways these iranian mullahs are supporting houthi, hizbullah, BLA, BLF proxies. india & Kabul supports TTP/ISIS against Pakistan. And india’s brutality and genocide against Kashmiri’s continues.

    • Eagle Strike  May 1, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      >Point no.6: Dual policy of Iran/India/Kabul puppets, they should be last one speaking against Pakistan because of their own proxy games against Pakistan and jealousy of CPEC (China-Pakistan economic corridor).

    • Eagle Strike  May 1, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      @Jim W. Dean,

      I am surpried that a person of your caliber gets duped by iranian mullah. Please try to look BIG picture not just one part of scenery.

      Godspeed.

  3. JS  April 30, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Hekmatyar really is a blast from the past. Thanks Jim. This is huge.

  4. Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  April 30, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    CIA asset Hekmatyar also knows that his best chance to facilitate return the opium-to-heroin processing plants of from Turkey to Afghanistan would be with the elimination of the Taliban — with “peace.”

    Trump ex-NSA was in charge of U.S. intel in Afghanistan when the opium-to-heroin processing plants of Afghanistan were moved to Turkey — so “Flynn Knew” and didn’t do anything about it (at best).

    Erdogan’s Turks also paid Trump ex-NSA Michael Flynn $500,000+ to lobby for Erdogan & Turkey. See, e.g., “Our Ally Turkey Is in Crisis and Needs Our Support” by Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (R), Contributor on 8 November 2016 at http://TheHill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/foreign-policy/305021-our-ally-turkey-is-in-crisis-and-needs-our-support.

    Trump & Co. knew that Flynn was a paid lobbyist for Erdogan’s Turks (unlike what Sean Spicer says and implies), but “The Hill” and those giving classified briefings to Flynn & Trump did not — since Flynn did not register as a “Foreign Agent” or get the legally required permission from U.S. DoD before Flynn became a paid “Foreign Agent” for Turkey.

    Ex-DIA Director Flynn’s DIA ex-Deputy-Director went “apoplectic” when he found out about Flynn’s possibly treasonous “Foreign Agent” acts & omissions. If “Trump Knew,” what about Trump? ;-).

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