A MUJAHIDEEN warlord who twice served as Prime Minister of Afghanistan has blasted Britain for sending a "drunk" Prince Harry into battle, claiming the royal will face "certain death" for his involvement in the conflict.
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar also severely criticised Britain's role in Afghanistan, claiming it was just to please its American allies. "I do not understand how the British public accept their children being sent to certain death in order to please American generals."
Britain had gained nothing by allowing itself to be dragged into the "unjustified, useless but cruel conflict" in Afghanistan, said Hekmatyar.
In a rare interview in which he responded to written questions from Peter Oborne of the Daily Telegraph with a video response, Hekmatyar criticised Britain's decision to send Prince Harry to Helmand.
The prince has been serving a four-month tour of duty, which has kept him on the frontline over Christmas, as an Apache helicopter co-pilot with 622 Sqn, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps.
Hekmatyar, speaking from an undisclosed location, said: "The British Prince comes to Afghanistan to kill innocent Afghans while he is drunk. He wants to hunt down Mujaheddin with his helicopter rockets without any shame. But he does not understand this simple fact that the hunting of Afghan lions and eagles is not that easy. Jackals cannot hunt lions."
Britain is too attached to its military past, said Hekmatyar, adding that it expected "their prince to go out in uniform to hunt for human beings and play the satanic role that they used to play in the past".
There was one positive response from Hekmatyar. Unlike the Taliban, with whom he may or may not have links, he believes in the education of young women - as long as it's not at co-ed schools. ·