Afghan government signed peace treaty with Hezb-i-Islami, an armed group which is led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. This could be the possible doorway for other armed groups like Taliban to join the peace treaty and end the bloodshed on Afghan soil. Pakistan's foreign ministry issued statement praising the deal and its benefits to Afghan government. President Ghani pledged to lobby the US and the UN to lift the international sanctions on Hekmatyar, who is labeled a “global terrorist” for connections with al-Qaeda and Taliban. After sanctions are lifted, Hekmatyar is expected to return to Afghanistan after 20 years in exile. He is currently suspected hiding in Pakistan. Hekmatyar also promoted other opposition parties to join the peace treaty with government in his messages. Taliban however is silent on the agreement. Hope for future peace in Afghanistan might have commenced.
Anisha Venkatesh Babu