Ghani formalises peace deal with ‘Butcher of Kabul’

  1. What? Afghan President formalized a controversial accord with one of Afghanistan’s most notorious warlords
  2. Why? Govt hopes it will lead to more peace agreements
  3. Impact: The pact opens the door to the militant faction of Hezb-i-Islami, led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, playing an active role in politics
  4. Criticism: Human rights groups as well as many Afghans expressed dismay that Hekmatyar is unlikely to face any punishment for his alleged role in past abuses
  5. These include firing rockets into civilian areas during a civil war in an attack that killed and injured thousands of residents
  6. Future? Peace talks with the Taliban, the largest insurgent group, have yet to get off the ground, but both sides have said they are open to the idea
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