Islamabad: A delegation of Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hizb-e-Islami will hold talks with US and Afghan officials in Kabul to discuss a roadmap for peace in Afghanistan.
Ghairat Baheer, head of the Hizb-e-Islami's political committee, announced the proposed talks during an interaction with the media in Peshawar city in northwest Pakistan on Thursday.
He spoke to reporters following an event at Shamshatu refugee camp on the outskirts of Peshawar that marked the founding anniversary of the Afghan militant group.
Two rounds of talks had been held so far and a delegation of the Hizb-e-Islami is expected to reach Kabul for further parleys in the near future, Baheer was quoted as saying by the media.
Baheer, the son-in-law of former Afghan premier and Hizb-e-Islami chief Hekmatyar, parried questions about what was being discussed with the US and Afghan officials.
He said the negotiations were in their "early stages" and no breakthrough had been made as yet. "We want a meaningful dialogue in a transparent manner in order to chalk out a peaceful solution of the Afghan problem. We do not believe in secret dealings," he said.
Responding to a question about the talks between the Taliban and the US, Baheer said the Taliban were his “brethren” and the Hizb-e-Islami is trying to coordinate a joint strategy with them so that a unified Afghan response could be presented during the talks.
He did not go into details of the talks between the Taliban and the Hizb-e-Islami. “The Americans are losing the war in Afghanistan,” Baheer said when he was asked about the US position in the war-torn country.
The Hizb-e-Islami is optimistic about peace, he said. The Americans were acknowledging that war was not a solution to the problem, he remarked. "We can offer the US a face-saving solution and an opportunity of a safe withdrawal from Afghanistan," he said.