The United Nations on Saturday removed the name of a former Afghan warlord from the sanctions list it created for ISIS and Al-Qaeda. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a leader of Islamist organisation Hezb-i-Islami.

The United Nations stated that Hekmatyar’s assets would no longer be frozen and that he would not be subject to travel ban or arms embargo. The former warlord agreed to lay down arms last year.

Gulbuddin was active during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and battled against the US forces. He also nursed bitter rivalries with Afghan factions.

This decision by the United Nations could spell for a shaky foundation for President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.

Hekmatyar had signed a treaty with Ghani September last year so that his party could be removed from the terrorist blacklists.

First Published | 4 February 2017 1:50 PM
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