28 Jun '16, 6pm

Hekmatyar withdraws from peace talks with Afghan government

Hekmatyar withdraws from peace talks with Afghan government

The leader of Hezb-i-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG), a faction that fuels Afghanistan’s insurgency, has withdrawn from peace talks after raising the hopes of the Afghan government that an agreement was near. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, HIG’s leader, has toyed with the Afghan government in the past. Hekmatyar terminated peace talks on June 27 after claiming that Afghanistan’s national unity government was not supported by the people. He demanded that the Afghan government disband. Hekmatyar announced the end of negotiations yesterday in an article that appeared on Peshawar Daily Shahadat, an official HIG mouthpiece. Afghan officials felt that a deal with Hekmatyar and his HIG faction was imminent. But evidence of Hekmatyar’s betrayal surfaced last week, when he issued new demands for a peace agreement that could not possibly be met by the Afghan government. On June 21, Hekmatyar wrote a l...

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