Pajhwok07/03/2012By Zarghona Salehi[Printer Friendly Version]
KABUL CITY - Hizb-i-Mahaz-i-Milli Islami of Afghanistan leader Syed Hamid Gilani on Monday rejected rumors that his party and its leaders were behind a public uprising against the Taliban in the Ander district of southern Ghazni province.
Residents of Ander rose up in arms against the rebels two months ago, with both sides suffering casualties as a result.
Officials say residents took up arms after becoming tired of militant activities, but the Taliban say a local militia, supported by the Afghan government and foreign troops, was behind the uprising.
Gilani told a press conference in Kabul there were rumors that the party and its commanders had a hand in the unrest.
Calling the rumors as groundless, he said their party had been involved in the Jihad against Soviets, but currently it carried out political activities only since the party’s military wing was dissolved in 1992.
The spiritual leader said they had no information about the identity of individuals involved in the unrest in Ghazni.
"The uprising is a reaction from residents to various problems that deprive them of their rights. Our advice is that the war is no solution. Only negotiations can resolve a conflict,'' he added.