• publish: 15 December 2016
  • time: 5:57 pm
  • category: Politics
  • No: 4600

Hezb-e-Islami’s commander is in custody of Afghan intelligence

One of the most controversial commanders of Hezb-e-Islami led by Hekmatyar, “Zardad Faryadi” who returned Kabul after was released from a prison in London, is now in Afghan intelligence custody.

A source in Afghan intelligence confirmed to RFE/RL that commander Zardad Faryadi was detained soon after he arrived in Kabul, and is serving in the custody of the National Directorate of Security.

Commander Zardad, accused of grave human rights violations, returned to Kabul on Wednesday as scores of his supporters gathered in the airport to welcome him home.

According to reports, commander Zardad was deported after serving in UK jail for several years for his involvement in the devastating Afghan civil war.

Zardad’s return to Kabul comes amid Afghan government’s efforts to remove UN sanctions against leaders of Hezb-e-Islami which signed a peace accord with the Afghan government, promising it would end its 15 years insurgency and violence.

However, many experts believe that Hezb-e-Islami’s involvement in the peace process would not bring the desired results in Afghanistan, as the party was not a prominent armed group, but rather Taliban is.

Taliban has yet to take part in a meaningful peace process with the government.


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