Hope expressed for peace deal with notorious Afghan warlord


AFGHAN president Ashraf Ghani said on Monday (September 12) that a peace agreement with one of the country’s most notorious Islamist warlords is close to being concluded, offering hope of progress towards ending decades of conflict. Negotiations with Hizb-i-Islami, a militant group of several hundred fighters led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a veteran of almost 40 years of fighting in Afghanistan, have been going on since May, when a draft accord was signed. But a final agreement has been stalled since, with many on the government side wary of bringing the prominent Pashtun warlord into the political fold and civil rights…

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