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    Gulbadan Hekmatyar And Pakistan

  • Hekmatyar backs polls, rejects hike in number of US troops

    KABUL: Former Afghan prime minister Gulbadin Hekmatyar on Saturday rejected any increase in US troops and said elections were the only way to bring stability to Afghanistan...

    Also on Saturday, two Afghan police officers were killed and a Nato soldier was wounded in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan, officials said...

  • Hekmatyar backs elections, rejects US troop increase in Afghanistan

    Afghan warlord and ex-prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar rejected any increase in the United States (US) troops in Afghanistan on Saturday as he said elections were the only way to bring stability to the war-torn country...

    Hekmatyar is back in the political mainstream after returning to Afghan public life in April due to a landmark, but hugely controversial, peace deal he signed with the Kabul government...

  • Kabul uneasy as former warlord Hekmatyar returns after 20 years

    Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former prime minister, has returned to mainstream political life after his dormant Hezb-i-Islami militant group signed a peace deal with President Ashraf Ghani which sparked revulsion from human rights groups and Kabul's residents...

    Ghani greeted Hekmatyar with pomp at the presidential palace Thursday...

  • Hekmatyar back in Kabul, calls for talks with Taliban

    KABUL: Former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned to Kabul on Thursday after two decades in hiding, calling for peace with Taliban insurgents and criticising the Western-backed government, which he said was not working...

    Hekmatyar’s comments in a ceremony at the presidential palace highlighted the complications likely to face President Ashraf Ghani, who signed a peace deal with Hekmatyar last year that brought his...

  • Stop pointless, unholy war: Hekmatyar tells Taliban

    In his first public speech since signing a peace deal with the Afghan government, one of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords on Saturday called for the Taliban to stop fighting and begin negotiations...

    "I invite you to join the peace caravan and stop the pointless, meaningless and unholy war," Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said to a gathering of his followers and Afghan politicians in Laghman province, located east of Kabul...

  • Afghanistan signs draft pact with Hekmatyar's Hizb-i-Islami

    Hizb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a veteran of decades of Afghan war and rights groups have accused his group of widespread abuses, particularly during civil war in the early 1990s, when he briefly served as prime minister...

    The deal offers President Ashraf Ghani's government a concrete sign that it is making headway in drawing insurgent groups away from the battlefield and into the political process...

  • Gulbuddin Hekmatyar seeks comeback in Afghanistan

    KABUL: After more than 40 years at war, one of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords, designated a "global terrorist" by the United States (US) and blacklisted by the United Nations (UN) along with Osama bin Laden, wants to come out of the shadows...

    Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, now in his late 60s, says he wants a "real and fair peace" but with conditions the Kabul government is unlikely to even contemplate, such as the withdrawal of all...

  • Ghani set to sign peace deal with Hekmatyar

    KABUL: Afghanistan is close to signing a peace agreement with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, President Ashraf Ghani said on Monday, in a landmark accord that could pave the way for the warlord’s political return after years in hiding...

    Hekmatyar, who heads the now largely dormant Hezb-i-Islami militant group, is the latest among a series of warlords whom Kabul has sought to reintegrate into Afghan politics in the post-Taliban era...

  • Bid to ease Hekmatyar into Kabul politics

    PESHAWAR: Abdur Rab Rasul Sayyaf, the septuagenarian former Afghan mujahideen leader and current member of the Afghan parliament, once described his Soviet-jihad era fellow resistance leader, Gulbadin Hekmatyar, as someone “whose boots are in Pakistan, while the rest of him is in his native Afghanistan”...

    This sums up the life and predicament of the Hizb-i-Islami leader, who has lived nearly 36 years of his 69 years either fighting...

  • Afghan govt set to finalise peace deal with Hekmatyar's Hezb-i-Islami

    KABUL: The Afghan government is expected to finalise a peace deal with a notorious militant insurgent group within days, marking a breakthrough in attempts to end the 15-year war, an official and a representative of the group said on Saturday...

    While Hezb-i-Islami has been a largely dormant force in recent years, and has little political relevance in Afghanistan, the deal with the Afghan government could be a template for any future...

  • UN removes Hekmatyar from terrorist list

    UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations sanctions committee has removed Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar from its list of designated terrorists following his recent peace agreement with the Kabul government...

    “Therefore, the assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo ...

  • Hekmatyar calls for peace, signs Afghan pact

    KABUL: Former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar called for peace as he appeared by video to sign a deal with President Ashraf Ghani Thursday, marking a symbolic victory in Kabul's struggle to revive talks with the Taliban...

    The deal paves the way for Hekmatyar, who heads the now largely dormant Hezb-i-Islami militant group but has been in hiding for years, to make a potential political comeback despite a history of war crimes... ...

  • Afghanistan inks peace deal with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

    KABUL: Afghanistan on Thursday signed a peace agreement with notorious warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for him to make a political comeback despite a history of war crimes and after years in hiding...

    Hekmatyar, who heads the now largely dormant Hezb-i-Islami militant group, is the latest in a series of controversial figures that Kabul has sought to reintegrate in the post-Taliban era...

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