Hekmatyar supports IS, stuns supporters

ISLAMABAD: Hizb e Islami chief Gulbuddin Hekmatyar advised his supporters to help the Islamic State (IS) in its fight against the Taliban, in what appears to be a shocker for his supporters.

Hekmatyar’s controversial remarks came amid reports of fighting between the Taliban and IS in parts of Nangarhar province.

Senior Afghan Taliban leader Anwarul Haq Mujahid told last week that nearly 80 people had been killed from both sides since May 10.

Last month, the Taliban issued a warning to Dai’sh leader Abu Bakar Baghdadi asking him to stay out of Afghanistan.

“If the Taliban of the Emirate fight with those who have quit the Taliban and declared allegiance to the Islamic State, help these militants, because the Taliban are sworn enemies of Hizb-e-Islami,” Hekamtayr advised his supporters in a statement posted on the Hizb’s daily ‘Shahadat’.


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