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Hekmatyar’s return has boosted peace hopes: Naeemi

Hekmatyar’s return has boosted peace hopes: Naeemi

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May 02, 2017 - 13:02

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The governor of eastern Laghman province Abdul Jabbar Naeemi has thanked Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA) chief for his first public appearance in nearly two decades in the province.

Abdul Jabbar Naeemi, during an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News in Mehtarlam, the provincial capital, praised Gulbadin Hekmatyar for reposing trust in the provincial administration.

He said there was a lot of enthusiasm among the masses about the appearance of Hekmatyar after historic peace agreement was inked between the government and HIA.

The governor said Hekmatyar’s appearance in Mehtarlam happened in an environmentinfo-icon of confidence, as all possible security arrangements had been put in place few days ahead of the HIA leader’s arrival there.

Naeemi added all facilities for the HIA head, party members, supporters, government officials and political leaders had been put in place. The first gathering where the HIA leader talked to the media and supporters was successfully held.

“It’s an honour for my administration and people of Laghman that this province was chosen for the appearance of Hekmatyar and our response was successful despite a shortage of resources,” Naeemi remarked.

He added there were some concerns but the entire programme was conducted successfully amid tight security. All agencies played an active role in keeping the security situation under control. Aerial and ground patrols were conducted in some areas.

The governor said some time back heavy clashes took place in Alishang district, where militants launched heavy attacks on security posts. Gunbattles were also reported in some villages of Alingar.

“The enemy converted civilian homes and mosques into bunkers and tried to overrun security posts,” he said, adding at least 69 militants were killed, including commanders Atal Umari, Kafir Shakan and Khyber Sangar. More security bases will be set up in the areas to protect Mehtarlam and highways.

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