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Hekmatyar to arrive in Pakistan on Monday

Hekmatyar to arrive in Pakistan on Monday

Oct 18, 2020 - 10:19

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar is scheduled to arrive on a three-day visit in Islamabad on Monday.

A Pakistani newspaper reported on Sunday the former jihadiinfo-icon commander would travel to Islamabad in response to an invitation from the government. 

Daily Times said Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had invited Hekmatyar as part of Pakistaninfo-icon’s policy of engagement with Afghan leaders.

The newspaper quoted an unnamed official as saying that Pakistan planned to invite other Afghan leaders as well for talks on Islamabad’s cooperation with the Afghan peace process.

During his trip, the HIA chief will meet President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjarani and Jamaat-i-Islami chief Siraj ul Haq.

The HIA leader, who is expected to address the Institute of Policy Studies in Islamabad, will be accompanied by several party leaders, including Abdul Sattar Khawasi.

Dr Ghairat Baheer, head of HIA political affairs, Ameen Karim, in charge foreign relations, Hafizur Rahman Naqi, chairman of the Ulemainfo-icon committee, and others will also accompany Hekmatyar.

Hekmatyar’s last visit to Pakistan came in May 2018 to attend a conference of Afghan leaders in Bhurban near the tourist of Murree.

The HIA chief signed a peace deal with the first government of President Ashraf Ghani in September 2016 before returning to Kabulinfo-icon in May 2017 after 20 years.





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