Afghan Biographies

Zarghun, Eng. Harun Haroun Haroon Zarghoun

Name Zarghun, Eng. Harun Haroun Haroon Zarghoun
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth
Function/Grade Hizb-i-Islami Pakistan chief spokesman
History and Biodata

3. Biodata:
Eng. Harun Zarghun is the chief spokesman for Hizb-i-Islami (HiG). The group's spokesman in Pakistan, said a HiG delegation is carrying a 15-point plan that calls for foreign forces to start pulling out in July 2010 — a full year ahead of President Barack Obama's desire to start withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011 (20100321). The plan also calls for the current Afghan parliament to serve through December. After that, the parliament would be replaced by an interim government, or shura, which would hold local and national elections within a year, according to the plan.

Zarghun said a new Afghan constitution would be written, merging the current version with ones used earlier. A spokesman for Hekmatyar, Wali Ullah, said Hizb-i-Islami has never refused to join in peace talks, under certain conditions. "The main condition is the empowerment of President Karzai to engage in talks and make decisions," he said. "The aggressive occupying forces should also announce a schedule for leaving Afghanistan."

Last Modified 2011-05-17
Established 2010-03-22