Officials in Afghanistan have signed a peace agreement with a party led by one of the country’s most notorious Islamist warlords. The militant faction of Hezb-i-Islami, led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, has been waging a decades-long battle to establish a unified Islamic state in Afghanistan, Euronews reports.


It is not clear when the agreement will be implemented. Analysts say the accord is mostly symbolic.


Hekmatyar is a controversial figure. He has been accused of killing or wounding thousands of people when his troops targeted civilian areas of Kabul during the wars of the 1990s. However, Hezb-i-Islami has played a relatively small role in the insurgency recently, compared to the Taliban or ISIL.


The agreement grants Hekmatyar amnesty for past offences. It also allows for the release of certain Hezb-i-Islami prisoners. The Kabul government has also agreed to press for international sanctions against Hekmatyar to be lifted.



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