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Afghanistan is about to conclude a deal with Islamist warlord

Afghanistan is about to conclude a deal with Islamist warlordThe President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani announced on Monday he is close to conclude a peace agreement with one of the country's most notorious Islamist warlords.

The negotiations started when in May a draft accord was signed with Hizb-i-Islami, a militant group led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who is fighting in Afghanistan almost 40 years.

The final agreement couldn’t be reached as the government has suspicious of bringing the warlord into the political fold. Civil rights activists have also concerned about longstanding accusations of human rights abuses against him.

Hekmatyar during his activity worken in cooperation with Pakistan, the Washington-backed anti-Soviet mujahideen in the 1980s and the Taliban, who are seeking to force the NATO-led coalition out of Afghanistan and bring in Islamic law.

"Some issues are left and those are issues that would be very important for implementing peace. These issues should be solved within a limited period of time," Ghani said.

"There is hope that, God willing, the agreement will be finalised soon and we will witness a major step toward the creation of peace environment and end of fighting," he said, thanking both Hizb-i-Islami and the High Peace Council for their efforts to negotiate a deal.
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