Ghani likely to call truce with Hizb-e-Islami on Eid

KABUL: A much-talked-about peace deal between the Afghan administration and the Gulbuddin Hekmatyar-led Hizb-e-Islami militant group is likely to be announced on the eve of Eidul Azha.

Hizb leaders earlier hoped the announcement would be made on Saturday evening, but it couldn’t materialise owing to differences between President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah.

Hekmatyar, a veteran of the Afghan jihad against the Soviet military, has been accused by rights campaigners of widespread abuses, particularly during the civil war of the early 1990s, when he briefly served as prime minister.

Under the draft, members of Hizb-i-Islami would be offered a general amnesty, similar to the one offered in 2007 to warlords accused of war crimes. The government would also work to have the group removed from a UN blacklist. The group would not join the government but would be recognised as a political party and be involved in major political decisions.

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