A Turkish newspaper has claimed Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of the Hizb-e-Islami group, is currently in hospital in Istanbul.
The newspaper, Aydinlik, quoted a Turkish intelligence source as saying Hekmatyar is being treated at an Istanbul hospital. No details were however given.
Last week, Afghan government and Hizb-e-Islami officials said Hekmatyar would return to Kabul within the next few weeks and that arrangements were being made in terms of housing and security.
Pakistan media recently reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had said he would travel to Kabul to welcome Hekmatyar when he returns to Afghanistan.
This was in addition to reports that a top Hizb-e-Islami delegation led by the group’s political committee Ghairat Baheer and top negotiator Mohammad Amin Karim visited Turkey at the invitation of Erdogan.
But Hizb-e-Islami officials rejected the claims.