Deutsche Welle: Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar urges Taliban to end war
Afghan warlord and ex-premier, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, has called on the Taliban to lay down their weapons and enter peace talks with the government. Kabul signed a peace agreement with the Hezb-i-Islami leader last year.
In his first public appearance in nearly two decades, notorious Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar urged Taliban insurgents to join a "caravan of peace."
"… stop the pointless, meaningless and unholy war," Hekmatyar told a gathering of his followers and Afghan politicians in Laghman province, east of the capital, Kabul.
Hekmatyar, the leader of the Islamist organization Hezb-i-Islami, had occasionally collaborated with al-Qaeda and the Taliban after the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan. He was Afghanistan's prime minister from 1993 to 1994, and again briefly in 1996, before the Taliban took over Kabul.
In September last year, the Afghan government signed a peace agreement with Hekmatyar and his militant group despite criticism from some sections of Afghan society.
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