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HIA prisoners release postponed at last minute

HIA prisoners release postponed at last minute

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May 01, 2017 - 19:01

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The government on Monday postponed a planned ceremony for the release of the first group of prisoners belonging to the Hezb-i-islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA for unknown reasons.

The first group of HIA prisoners was expected to be set free t, but it was delayed due to some concerns.

An HIA delegation and media reporters went to the Pul-i-Charkhi prison on eastern outskirts of Kabul to attend the release ceremony of HIA prisoners, but the ceremony was postponed at the last minute on Monday morning.

Dr. Nadir Afghan, member of HIA media group, told Pajhwok Afghan News the release of 68 prisoners had been promised with them and the HIA rejected the release of 55 prisoners instead of 68.

Nadir said the president had signed the decree ordering the release of 55 prisoners, something against the agreement signed between the HIA and the government. “The HIA executive council will take a final decision in this regard,” Nadir said.

HIA spokesperson, Qarib Rahman Saeed, told Pajhwok Afghan News that until the issue of releasing 69 prisoners was not resolved, the group would suspend negations with the government.

 Ahmad Farzan, a spokesperson for the joint government-HIA agreement implementation commission, confirmed the president had approved the release of 55 HIA prisoners.

He hoped the government would fully implement the peace agreement’s article 11, relating to release of prisoners. 

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