Hezb-Islami will send troops to Nagorno-Karabakh
Following the escalation of the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the bad news is now being heard. According to some sources, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hezb-e-Islami, has decided to send some of his fighters to Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed region between Azerbaijan and Armenia, to defend Azerbaijani citizens. This news shocks everyone and raises concerns that Afghanistan’s citizens have become the fuel for foreign wars. In the most recent case, Ahmad Saeedi, one of the country’s leading writers, criticized the decision, saying why Afghans are being used as firewood in foreign wars.
Ahmad Saeedi wrote: “Why should Afghans take part in any war? These days, Hezb-e-Islami, led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, wants to send people to the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh, although there is currently a ceasefire. It is also said that Afghans have been sent to the Iraq and Syria wars. They are also engaged in war in their own country. »
Mr. Saeedi then criticizes the slogans of Afghanistan’s empty political leaders and asks all these leaders: “Are we the people of firewood? Sometimes we are called heroes for killing each other; aliens give us guns and weapons to kill each other. How long do we live in ignorance like this? Why are we not coming to our senses? “Why are we hired, killers? Why are they choosing to kill us? We are not killing machines.”
Background of the Afghan fighters’ presence in Karabakh:
According to the BBC, in 1993, when the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan began, the former Mojahedin government sent dozens of fighters to that country to cooperate with Azerbaijan citizens. For four decades now, the two countries have been at loggerheads over ownership of the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is legally part of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Still, Armenian ethnic groups remain in these parts. “Several Hezb-e-Islami fighters, led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, fought against the security forces in the first Karabakh war in support of the Republic of Azerbaijan,” the BBC quoted the former Soviet intelligence service as saying. In 1993, Russian media reported, that during a meeting of Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Roshan Javadov and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the two leaders signed an agreement Azerbaijan could use Afghan fighters on a lease basis. In 1993 at least “One thousand five hundred Afghan fighters have fought against the Armenian army for defending Azarbaijan interest.”
Afghan Government response to the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region:
Simultaneously, as the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh began, the Afghan government took an official stand. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed concern over the border conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan and expressed its official support for the Azerbaijani government in this battle. “The Nagorno-Karabakh region is recognized worldwide as part of Azerbaijan. Afghanistan wants that Armenia to put an end to its occupation,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued on Monday.
“The Government of Afghanistan supports the people’s efforts and the Government of Azerbaijan in this regard,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The Government of Afghanistan also regrets the loss of life and financial losses caused by these conflicts. “Afghanistan wants to re-establish a ceasefire and resolve the long-standing crisis in the region. We call on Azerbaijan, and Armenia needs to find peaceful ways to avoid violence in the region.”
Armenia’s Response to Afghanistan’s Position:
After Afghanistan declared the Armenian attack on Nagorno-Karabakh blatant aggression, the Armenian National Assembly formally asked the Secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization to cancel Afghanistan’s presence in the organization as soon as possible. Armenian media reported that Ararat Mirzoyan, chairman of the Armenian National Assembly, said the plan was launched after Afghanistan supported the conflict between Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan. Afghanistan is participating as an observer member in the Collective Security Treaty Organization of Central Asia and the Caucasus. In response to this, Afghanistan and Armenia demanded the cancellation of the country’s political presence in the Collective Security Treaty Organization.
Possible consequences of sending Hezb-e-Islami fighters:
According to Mr. Ahmad Saeedi, an Afghan writer and researcher, sending these individuals to Azerbaijan in the first instance will pave the way for Hezb-e-Islami ransom from Azerbaijan, as the party sent its fighters earlier to that country in 1993. Azerbaijan also paid $ 1,500 to the Hezb-e-Islami fighter to fight against the Armenian army, making Afghan citizens a killing machine. Mr. Saeedi expressed concern that the repatriation of Hezb-e-Islami fighters to Azerbaijan would increase extremism in Afghanistan.