Hekmatyar’s son dismisses reports of Taliban besieging their home in Kabul

Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. File photo.

Habib-ur-Rahman Hekmatyar, son of Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, has dismissed reports that their house in Kabul was besieged by the Taliban.

He clarified that their house has not been surrounded and that they are transitioning from one residence to another.

The residence, located in the Darul Aman area in eastern Kabul, was allocated to Hekmatyar by the previous government following a peace agreement with the Ghani administration in September 2016.

After months of discussions with Taliban officials, Hekmatyar’s son concluded that the Taliban do not accept the agreement between Hizb-e-Islami, led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, and Afghanistan’s former government. He noted that the house was the only remaining part of this agreement and the concessions granted to Hekmatyar by the previous administration.

Meanwhile, Abdul Nafay Takour, a Taliban member and former spokesperson for the Taliban Ministry of Interior, mentioned on X (the social media platform) that Hekmatyar was residing on land owned by the government. He added that, based on mutual understanding and expediency, another location has been designated for Hekmatyar’s relocation.

Reports had previously circulated on social networks about Hekmatyar being expelled from his home and allegedly being forced to “leave Afghanistan” by the Taliban.