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UN removes Afghan leader Hekmatyar from list of terrorists

  • Afghan politician and warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has been removed by the UN from its list of designated terrorists. Also it has removed the assets freeze, ban on travel and arms prohibition forced on the leader who has inked a peace pact with the government.

    The al-Qaeda sanctions committee of Security Council that concerns terror outfits including ISIS, al-Qaeda and associated individuals, undertakings and entities has pulled out the former Prime Minister Hekmatyar’s name from the ISIS and Al-Qaida Sanctions List on Friday.

    The 67-year-old who was listed on February 20, 2003, had signed a landmark peace agreement with Kabul last year in September. Also the head of the Hezb-e-Islami party, Hekmatyar is expected to return back to the country within weeks. Hekmatyar was a prominent anti-Soviet commander in the 1980s.

    Following the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan and tumble of the Taliban, the US State Department had designated the head of the Hezb-e-Islami party as a terrorist, and had accused him of being involved in and supporting attacks by al-Qaeda and the Taliban.