General Abdul Rashid Dostum, a feared warlord from the North of the Afghanistan and Senior Vice President, is expected Sunday in Kabul after a year of exile in Turkey officially for health reasons.
Accused of rape on a rival end of 2016, Dostum had left the country in may 2017 to escape justice. He will be welcomed by a delegation of Afghan officials at the airport in Kabul, said the authorities.
“At 16:00 today (11: 30 GMT), general Dostum will land at Kabul international airport” said his spokesman Jamal Nasir Farahmand to AFP.
His arrival was also announced to the press by the spokesperson for the president, Haroon Chakhansuri.
His portrait stands prominently on Sunday morning in the streets of Kabul, along the road from the airport and around the Presidential Palace: in military uniform, “chapan” traditional (padded coat) and turban, or suit – that he rarely wears -. his photos are accompanied by ‘Welcome’ in dari and English.
An ethnic Uzbek, Dostum collects for decades the facts of war and the worst abuses – such as the death of 2,000 Taliban locked in containers in 2001.
It is the second afghan war chief to return to the capital with honors.
In may 2017, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, dubbed by the press “the butcher of Kabul” for him have martyred by merciless bombing, had returned to the Afghan capital after 20 years of absence at the end of an agreement with the Government of Ashraf Ghani him guaranteeing impunity.
The afghan Government is in a delicate situation in the North with the thrust of the Group Islamic State in Jawzjan province, the stronghold of Dostum and the Taliban in Faryab province.
Civil unrest also recently erupted, killing several people, after the arrest of a close to Dostum, Nizamuddin q, Commander of the local police also at the head of a militia of several thousand men.
Accused of insults and threats of death to the authorities he was transferred to Kabul.
Since the Turkey, general Dostum had denounced the arrest of its ally “on the basis of false accusations” and warned that the defence of the North and that of Faryab province “may now collapse” in the face of Taliban insurgents and ISIS.
With the approach of general elections in October and presidential scheduled for 2019, Ashraf Ghani has to bring a minimum of stability to the country, but his offers of peace to the Taliban remained so far without effect.