Afghanistan signs peace deal with militant group Hezb-e-Islami

Sep 23, 2016 13:13 IST

Afghanistan on 22 September 2016 signed a peace agreement with one of the country's largest militant groups Hezb-e-Islami led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. This agreement paves the way for Hekmatyar to make a political comeback.

As per the agreement, Hekmatyar will be granted amnesty for his offences and the prisoners of Hezb-e-Islami will be released by the government. The deal also includes provisions for his security at government expense.

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The document was signed by the government delegation and a team representing Hekmatyar's Hezb-e Islami militant group at a press conference in Kabul. The government said that the agreement will come into force after it is formally signed by Ghani and Hekmatyar. Till now, no formal date has been set for signing of the deal.

The deal marks a symbolic victory for President Ashraf Ghani, who has struggled to revive peace talks with the more powerful Taliban.

Widely known as butcher of Kabul, Hekmatyar was a prominent anti-Soviet commander in the 1980s. He is accused of killing thousands in the Kabul during the 1992-93 Civil War. His forces also carried out attacks against the US and Afghan forces since 2001.

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