Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the group's leader, was supposed to return to Kabul a few months ago, but has not yet done so
Peace Deal With Hizb-e-Islami A Big Achievement In 1395: Govt
The National Unity Government (NUG) says that signing of the peace agreement with Hizb-e-Islami was one of the biggest achievements of government in 1395.
The peace deal was signed six months ago.
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the group's leader, was supposed to return to Kabul a few months ago, but has not yet done so.
“Government has taken all the steps mentioned in the peace deal and we are waiting for Hizb-e-Islami's announcement about when their leader is ready to come to Kabul,” said Shah Hussain Murtazawi, the president’s spokesman.
The peace deal has 25 points in which government obligations include removing Hekmatyar’s name from the UN blacklist, freeing Hizb-e-Islami prisoners and others - in return, Hekmatyar has an obligation to accept the constitution, reject violence and cut ties with terrorist groups.
But the peace deal has not completely been implemented, although Hekmatyar's name has been removed from the UN blacklist and discussions are ongoing on freeing Hizb-e-Islami prisoners and providing accommodation for Hekmatyar in Kabul.
“We have made good progress, but Hekmatyar's return is the main point which depends on some issues and hopefully in the next few days and weeks the issue will be resolved and Hekmatyar will come to Kabul,” said Amin Karim, head of Hizb-e-Islami delegation.
Parliament Members meanwhile criticized government and Hizb-e-Islami over prolonging the delay in implementing the peace deal.
“People are disappointed over the implementation of the peace deal as it has taken a long time,” said Saleh Mohammad Registani, MP.
“It has taken a long time and both sides are responsible for it,” said Engineer Sahib Khan, MP.