Fear and doubt as notorious ‘butcher of Kabul’ returns with talk of peace – The Guardian

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is accused of terror attacks and war crimes but was pardoned in deal struck with Afghan government

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, centre, alongside ex-Afghan president Hamid Karzai, left, and former mujahideen leader Abdul Rasul Sayyaf in Kabul. Photograph: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images

One of Afghanistan’s most notorious warlords, accused of multiple terrorism attacks and war crimes, has triumphantly returned to Kabul in his first public appearance there for 20 years.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar entered the Afghan capital in a convoy guarded by four army helicopters as part of a peace deal struck last year with the Afghan government.

But arriving in Kabul, the procession looked less like a peace delegation and more like a militia touting grenade launchers and… Read More on The Guardian