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Hekmatyar warmly welcomed by Afghan govt – Pakistan Observer

Kabul-The Afghan government warmly welcomed the leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to ARG Presidential Palace Friday.
Hekmatyar arrived in capital Kabul before noon Thursday after almost twenty years and conclusion of the peace agreement with Afghan government.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani hailed Hekmatyar for reaching an agreement with the government to accept reconciliation and insisted that the government is committed to pave the way for peace for the Afghan nation.
Speaking during a gathering in ARG Palace, President Ghani said the conclusion of peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami proves that the Afghan nation and government is committed to peace and stability.
President Ghani called on the other insurgent and militant groups to adopt negotiations rather violence, raising questions regarding the capabilities of Taliban to…. Read More on Pakistan Observer

Germany envoy urges Pakistan for role in Afghan peace process -Samaa TV

ISLAMABAD: German Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Sabine Sparwasser said Pakistan can play a key role in reconciliation process in Afghanistan.  

She said this while talking to National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua in Islamabad.

They discussed peace process in Afghanistan and counter-terrorism cooperation… Read More on Samaa TV

Kabul uneasy as former warlord Hekmatyar returns after 20 years -Normangee Star

Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar speaks during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani – RTS154Y7

Hekmatyar stressed his call for the Taliban to relinquish their arms and join in reconciliation, adding that the time of war and the lifting of arms is over, and it is time for everyone to unite and cooperate for the establishment of security and peace in the country.

Hekmatyar described Taliban as “brothers” and called upon them to join the peace process and “test the peace once” to end the excuse for the presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan.

After more than 20 years, Hekmatyar, who leads the country’s second largest… Read More on Normangee Star

Afghan president calls upon Taliban to join peace process -Xinhuanet.com

KABUL, May 4 (Xinhua) — Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday called upon Taliban militants to give up fighting and initiate peace talks to boost the national reconciliation in the war-battered country.

“I am calling upon Taliban to follow Hekmatyar step and initiate dialogue with government for returning lasting peace in Afghanistan,” the president said at a ceremony held in Presidential Palace to welcome Hekmatyar.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of Afghanistan’s Hizb-e-Islami, or Islamic Party, arrived in Kabul on Thursday, ending decades of exile and fighting against the government to strengthen national reconciliation and… Read More on Xinhuanet.com

Hekmatyar Welcomed with a Mixture of Anticipation, Anxiety in Kabul -ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar speaks during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Kabul- Hezb-e Islami (Islamic political party) leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar entered the Afghan presidential palace for the first time after 20 years of hiding when backing extremist groups fighting the Western-backed Afghan government. Prominent Afghan figures, such as President Ashraf Ghani welcomed him at his historic return.

But the meeting was missed by key Islamic figures such as General Abdul Rashid Dostum.

Hekmatyar, a former prime minister, has returned to mainstream political life after Hezb-e Islami party signed a peace deal with Ghani.

In his first official speech, Hekmatyar addressed public issues and… Read More on ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar steps into Kabul after two decades -Daily Pakistan

KABUL – Renowned Afghan warlord and leader of Hizb-e-Islami of Afghanistan Gulbuddin Hekmatyar entered the Afghan capital Kabul after a stretched span of two decades on Thursday.

With scores of cars zooming past the locals, the visit of Hizb-e-Islami leader is termed crucial owing to the long-standing Afghan game that is becoming more complex with each passing day.

Hekmatyar is slated to call on President Ashraf Ghani and other officials of the National Unity Government (NUG) today after… Read More on Daily Pakistan 

Can warlord Hekmatyar help stabilize Afghanistan? -DW.com

Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has arrived in Kabul, ending his 20-year exile. Afghans have mixed views about the former PM’s return to politics, which has the potential to lure the Taliban into entering peace talks.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was due to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani after arriving in the capital Kabul on Thursday.

A heavily armed convoy escorted the notorious warlord – infamous for shelling Kabul in the early 1990s during the Afghan civil war – from eastern Nangarhar province to Kabul, the interior ministry and Hekmatyar’s spokesman confirmed.

The former Afghan premier is set to play an active role in politics following a deal in September last year between the Afghan government and his militant group, Hezb-i-Islami.

In February, the UN Security Council lifted sanctions against Hekmatyar, which included a freeze that had been put on his assets, a comprehensive travel ban and… Read More on DW.com

Fear and doubt as notorious ‘butcher of Kabul’ returns with talk of peace – The Guardian

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is accused of terror attacks and war crimes but was pardoned in deal struck with Afghan government

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, centre, alongside ex-Afghan president Hamid Karzai, left, and former mujahideen leader Abdul Rasul Sayyaf in Kabul. Photograph: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images

One of Afghanistan’s most notorious warlords, accused of multiple terrorism attacks and war crimes, has triumphantly returned to Kabul in his first public appearance there for 20 years.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar entered the Afghan capital in a convoy guarded by four army helicopters as part of a peace deal struck last year with the Afghan government.

But arriving in Kabul, the procession looked less like a peace delegation and more like a militia touting grenade launchers and… Read More on The Guardian

Taliban are brothers , says HIA chief Gulbuddin Hekmatyar-Khaama Press

The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar says Taliban are brothers despite the party is related to Taliban, Al-Qaeda, ISIS or any other group.

Hekmatyar made the remarks during his speech in capital Kabul and in the presence of the of the former Jihadi leader leaders including Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf and the current government leaders including the chief executive Abdullah Abdulla.

In his speech during the gathering in ARG Palace in Kabul today, Hekmatyar said the current system in Afghanistan is Presidential and we do not believe in… Read More on Khaama Press

Notorious Afghan Warlord ‘Rocketyar’ Ready to Return to Politics – VOA News

Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar prays before giving a speech to supporters in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, April 30, 2017.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is to meet the Afghan president this week ahead of a return to politics, a remarkable turnaround for a leader widely reviled for his part in a civil war that killed thousands in the capital Kabul and razed much of the city.

Hekmatyar, who was removed from the U.N. terrorism sanctions list this year, made his first public appearance Saturday since a 2016 peace deal, and he has been in the eastern city of Jalalabad gathering support.

His rehabilitation has been welcomed by the United States and President Ashraf Ghani, who see it as a possible precursor to… Read More on VOA News