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Senators welcome Hekmatyar home after decades

Senators welcome Hekmatyar home after decades

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Apr 25, 2017 - 17:02

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some Mesharano Jirgainfo-icon members on Tuesday welcomed Gulbadin Hekmatyar’s arrival in eastern Nangarhar province and asked the government to implement the peace deal with the Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA) in its true spirit.

Earlier Pajhwok had reported that Hekmatyar arrived in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, on Monday.

Having spent decades in hiding, the former prime minister would be soon among his supporters, a reliable government official said.

HIA security guards and senior leaders met Hekmatyar in a government-owned building, the source confided to Pajhwok Afghan News.

Hekmatyar would stay in Jalalabad for a few days before arriving in Kabul, said the official, who did not give further details. 

Rahmatullah Achakzai, a lawmaker from Kandahar province, welcomed Hekmatyar’s return and said: “The people of Afghanistan have been in search of peace and waiting for Hekmatyar’s arrival since long.”

He praised government efforts towards peace and stability in the country and demanded both the government and the HIA implement the peace deal in its true spirit.

Nazar Mohammad Faqiri, upper house member, also welcomed Hekmatyar’s arrival in Nangarhar, and said the presence of Hekmatyar was made possible after the HIA-government deal. He asked HIA to play its role in bringing durable peace and stability to the country.

Senate’s deputy chairman Mohammad Alem Ezedyar, without going into details about Hekmayar’s presence in Nangarhar, asked the government to fully implement the peace agreement with his party.

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