An Afghan demonstrators holds a placard with an image of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin party, during a demonstration against him in a public park in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Afghan officials initialed a peace deal Thursday with a party led by the country's most notorious Islamist warlords, a move that inspired hope and fear as it dredged up tension dating back decades.Government officials praised the accord as a step toward peace, while critics said it opened the door to one of the most infamous figures in Afghanistan playing a role in the country's already divisive politics.Welcoming Hekmatyar poses challenges for an Afghan regime already split between President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who are each surrounded by other warlords and power brokers, many with histories of ethnic divisions.Abdullah's mainly Tajik supporters have been alarmed by the prospect of a powerful Pashtun bloc upsetting the uneasy equilibrium that has held since the disputed 2014 election was resolved with the creation of a national unity government.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE