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Hizb, not Afghanistan, the loser after Hekmatyar scuttles peace deal

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Asia Times, 5 July 2016

Article on scuttled peace deal between Hezb-e Islami and the Afghan government quotes from recent dispatch by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig and Martine van Bijlert:

Afghan officials have said that they were hoping that the peace agreement with the Hizb-e-Islami would become a template for a future deal with the Taliban. But analysts have raised questions about this deal, drawing attention to the dangers of rewarding, honoring and politically empowering Hekmatyar and his fighters who were responsible for some of the gravest war crimes in the 1990s.

As Thomas Ruttig and Martine van Bijlert point out in an article on the Afghanistan Analysts Network website:  “It is debatable whether an agreement that so explicitly seeks to give positions and privileges as part of the peace negotiations, is the way to go. Or whether it will indeed be a good blueprint for a possible future peace accord with the Taleban.”

Hekmatyar’s U-turn on the peace agreement gives the Afghan government with an opportunity to rethink the contents of the peace deal. A deal that neither brings a reduction in violence nor delivers justice cannot bring peace.