Gulbudin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hizb-e-Islami arrived in Kabul on Thursday after about 21 years in hideouts with hundreds of armed men.
President Ashraf Ghani welcomed Hekmatyar and delivered a speech at a ceremony in the presidential palace after Hekmatyar arrived in Kabul on Thursday.
Hekmatyar signed a peace deal with the Afghan government in September 2016.
Based on the agreement his name was removed from the UN Security Council sanction list after an official request was made by the government of Afghanistan.
In addition, President Ghani released 55 inmates of the group on Tuesday as a part of the peace deal signed with the militant group.
Hekmatyar appeared in eastern Laghman province over a week ago and then he traveled to Jalalabad city of Nangarhar province and now is in Kabul to play his role in the Afghan politics.
Hezb-e-Islami supporters say the armed individuals who accompanied Hekmatyar are the bodyguards and close friends to him.
Spokesperson of Hezb-e-Islami, Muhammad Nader Afghan told Ariana News, “the armed persons are related to Hekmatyar and security forces.”
However, Kabul residence had different reactions over Hekmatyar’s visit from Kabul.
One of the Kabul inhabitants said, “we are very happy because of Hekmatyar’s arrival and hope for a peace and stability in the country.”
By: Hesamuddin Hesam