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