Can warlord Hekmatyar help stabilize Afghanistan? -DW.com

Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has arrived in Kabul, ending his 20-year exile. Afghans have mixed views about the former PM’s return to politics, which has the potential to lure the Taliban into entering peace talks.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was due to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani after arriving in the capital Kabul on Thursday.

A heavily armed convoy escorted the notorious warlord – infamous for shelling Kabul in the early 1990s during the Afghan civil war – from eastern Nangarhar province to Kabul, the interior ministry and Hekmatyar’s spokesman confirmed.

The former Afghan premier is set to play an active role in politics following a deal in September last year between the Afghan government and his militant group, Hezb-i-Islami.

In February, the UN Security Council lifted sanctions against Hekmatyar, which included a freeze that had been put on his assets, a comprehensive travel ban and… Read More on DW.com