Hizb-e-Islami group on Tuesday rejected report that its leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was hospitalized in Turkey, adding he enjoys good health.
On Sunday, a Turkish daily citing intelligence sources said that Hekmatyar was brought to Istanbul for treatment in late December last year with in a Turkish air ambulance and was still in a hospital. The report added that the order to bring him to Turkey was given by President Tayyip Erdogan.
However, Hashmatullah Arshad, a spokesman for Hizb-e-Islami, rejected the claim saying Hekmatyar was in good health condition.
“Hekmatyar directly leads members of Hizb-e-Islami and last week he met with one of his senior commanders in a district in Kunar,” Arshad said referring to a province which nears the border with Pakistan.
He added that Hekmatyar will appear soon in one of Kabul’s neighbouring provinces.
Hekmatyar has not been seen in public for over a decade.
He played a role in post-2001 insurgency in Afghanistan, but signed a peace deal with the Afghan government in September last year.
Recently, the United Nations Security Council drooped sanctions against Hekmatyar, potentially paving the way for him to return to public life.