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Peace Deal with Hezb-e Islami to Be Signed on Thursday

(Last Updated On: September 21, 2016)

7847f5c9-7fa3-4158-a9aa-6af0facf7fec_cx4_cy16_cw94_w987_r1_s_r1After days of bargaining, the peace agreement between the Afghan government and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-e Islami party will be signed tomorrow, Thursday.

“War and violence led Afghanistan to destruction, but the good news is that the peace agreement will be signed in the next 24 hours,” said Sayeed Naqibullah Hashemi, member of Hezb-e Islami party.

The peace agreement draft that Ariananews found, indicates that Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has judicial impunity and all of its members who jailed in Afghan government will be released.

The 25th articles peace agreement shows that first, the deal will be signed between National Security Adviser, Hanif Atmar and representatives of High Peace Council and Hezb-e Islami party and in the last step, it will be signed by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and President Ghani.

The 14th article of peace agreement says about Afghan government that will be committed to assign the eligible individuals and commanders who are eager to serve and are related to Hezb-e Islami party to security and defense institutions.

Meanwhile, a number of participants of the Brussels summit call the peace issue should be prioritized in the summit.

“We urge the international community to give priority to the peace issue in the Brussels summit,” said Yaser Ahmad Zai, head of Afghanistan Peace Institute.

With the signing of the agreement, the Hizb, the second largest resistance group in Afghanistan, will declare a ceasefire and join mainstream politics. This will also pave the way for Hekmatyar’s return to Kabul.

Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday withdrew his opposition to the proposed peace agreement, a senior Hizb leader claimed.

Abdullah told the council of ministers that he did not oppose the peace deal and that he had given his consent in its favour.

The Afghan government has been under pressure to sign the draft of the peace deal. The agreement is seen as important in the wake of the Taliban refusal to join the peace process.

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