Hekmatyar arrives in Kabul, meets President Ghani

Ghani-and-HekmatyarKABUL: On the head of a long convoy, Amir of the Hezb-I-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) with his supporter on Thursday arrived in capital Kabul after decades in hiding.

 Earlier, Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for Nangarhar governor, told media that Hekmatyar left Jalalabad for Kabul early in the morning and traveled by road.

A large number of People standing both sides of Kabul-Jalalabad high welcomed the HIA Amir. National, HIA flags and Hekmatyar’s pictures were installed on both sides of the road on billboards and walls.

Hekmatyar arrived at Pul-i-Charkhi, the eastern gate to Kabul this afternoon, and was greeted by a large number of HIA supporters.

A statement from Presidential Palace said Hekmatyar would meet President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani soon after his arrival in Kabul.

The HIA leader on Friday would address a mammoth gathering in Kabul’s Ghazi stadium. -Pajhwok

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