Qariburrahman Saeed, the head of the media section of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hizb-e-Islami said on Friday all the obstacles in the way of Hekmatyar's return to Afghanistan have been resolved and that he will return in the next few days.
He said this will happen after the release of the first group of Hizb-e-Islami prisoners, and that Hekmatyar will go to one of the eastern provinces of the country - either Nangarhar or Laghman.
According to Saeed the first group of prisoners will be freed on Saturday or Sunday.
“All the issues around Hekmatyar’s return to
Afghanistan are about to be finalized and when finalized, Hekmatyar will tell us when and where he will appear among people to give a speech,” he said.
Meanwhile officials of the commission assigned to implement the peace accord between Hizb-e-Islami and government confirmed Saeed's remarks and said that they are preparing for Hekmatyar to come to the country.
“It is possible that in the next few days Hekmatyar will appear in one of the provinces and a commission is making preparations in this regard,” said Ahmad Farzan, a spokesman for the commission implementing the peace deal.
Some MPs however questioned the implementation of the peace deal and said such statements had been made in the past but then his return was delayed.
“Many times the implementation of the deal has been postponed. Such delays will decrease people's trust regarding the accord and many questions will be raised in this respect,” Gul Ahmad Azimi, a senator said.
The peace accord was signed between government and Hizb-e-Islami seven months ago.
Before this Hizb-e-Islami had said the release of its prisoners is a precondition for Hekmatyar's release.