KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Secret negotiations are reportedly under way to allow the head of an organization fighting alongside the Taliban to return to Afghanistan, news sources say.
Gulbaldin Hekmatyar, who has been in hiding for seven years, would be given immunity from prosecution and allowed to go back his country, al-Jazeera reported Friday.
The news organization says Hekmatyar's return is being discussed by the Afghan government, Western officials and mediators linked to the Taliban.
Mullah Mottawakil, a former Taliban foreign minister, says the talks will fail if the plan is to split the Taliban.
"It will not benefit anyone if he (Afghan President Hamid Karzai) brings one part of the Taliban into the government, and leaves the other part behind," said Mottawakil. "It will not finish the war."
Hekmatyar's organization, Hezb-i-Islami, fights alongside the Taliban. It has been designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.