KABUL, Afghanistan – A representative of a notorious Afghan warlord who lives in hiding says he has dropped his key condition for ending his war of more than 40 years with Kabul.
Amin Karim, an official of the Hezb-i-Islam Party, says its leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, is no longer demanding that all foreign troops leave Afghanistan. Last year, the warlord briefly came out of the shadows to set his conditions for peace that included the withdrawal of foreign forces.
Karim told The Associated Press on Tuesday that for Hekmatyar, the “departure of foreign troops is not a condition, it is a goal.”
Hekmatyar is designated a “global terrorist” by the United States and blacklisted by the United Nations. He is widely believed to live in Pakistan, though his supporters say he is in Afghanistan.