Kabul: Hekmatyar urges Taliban to lay down arms, join peace caravan

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KABUL: Former Prime Minister of Afghanistan Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has on Saturday urged Taliban to lay down arms and join the peace caravan as the Hizb-e-Islami founder returned to public life after an exile of over 20 years, reported Dunya News.

The international restrictions on Hekmatyar had been removed after a peace deal between his Hizb-e-Islami and the Afghan government.

In his first address after the return, Hekmatyar told the Taliban to give up on their ‘filthy’ war and join the peace caravan.

Hekmatyar was a strong member of the Mujahideen forces against the Russians in the 80s and also remained Afghanistan’s prime minister for two brief periods. However, he didn’t rule Afghanistan sitting in Kabul.

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