Countering Iran: Hekmatyar vows to send fighters to Saudi Arabia


ISLAMABAD: Former Afghan prime minister and Hizb-e-Islami’s chief Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has said his movement is ready to send thousands of fighters to Saudi Arabia to counter “Iran’s interference in Yemen.”

Hizb-e-Islami is seen as the second largest resistance group that is fighting foreign troops in Afghanistan. “If there is a possibility, thousands of Mujahedin will be ready to go to Saudi Arabia to frustrate the Iranian sinister designs in Yemen,” Hekmatyar said in a Pashto-language statement.

The group’s spokesman, Haroon Zarghoon, read out the statement by telephone from an undisclosed location. Hekmatyar accused Iran of “creating the current unrest in Yemen” and said his movement fully supports the position of Saudi Arabia and Arab countries to prevent Iran’s interference in Yemen.