Kabul: On Monday, the Ashraf Ghani government released about 100 Taliban inmates from a military prison as part of the government’s response to the raid ceasefire provided by militants to commemorate Eid.
“The government of Afghanistan has today released 100 Taliban prisoners from Bagram prison,” National Security Council spokesman Javid Faisal told AFP.
The government plans to free up to 2,000 Taliban inmates as a “goodwill gesture” in response to the Sunday´s ceasefire offer, boosting efforts to launch peace talks.
After months of fighting, the Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire with the Afghan government before Eid.
President Ashraf Ghani quickly welcomed the proposal and ordered his troops to comply with it, while the US special envoy in Afghanistan praised the deal as a “significant opportunity.”
A Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement on social media that the leadership of the organization instructed all jihadists in the Islamic Emirate to take special measures to protect the safety of their compatriots and not to any The local enemy launched an attack.
The statement announced that hostilities should be stopped within three days of Eid al-Fitr, instructing Taliban fighters not to enter government areas, and also said that Kabul was not allowed to enter the territory under its control.
Pakistan also welcomes the group ’s announcement of a three-day ceasefire.
“Pakistan welcomes announcements by the Taliban and the Afghanistan Government about ceasefire on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. While extending Eid greetings to our Afghan brethren, we pray for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan,” the Foreign Office said in a tweet.
Since the American invasion in 2001, there has been only one pause in the fighting – an unexpected ceasefire between the Taliban and Kabul for three days, marking the 2018 Eid al-Fitr religious festival.
The rebels accepted Garni ’s ceasefire call.
During the brief truce at that time, Afghans embraced Taliban militants, security forces and civilians, shared ice cream and took selfies in front of unimaginable scenes, making a pleasant response.
Garni quickly accepted the Taliban ceasefire agreement.
“I welcome the ceasefire announcement by the Taliban,” he said on Twitter.
“As commander-in-chief I have instructed ANDSF (Afghan National Defence Security Force) to comply with the three-day truce and to defend only if attacked.”
Just before the announcement of the news a few days ago, Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada urged Washington to “do n’t waste” the opportunities offered by the militants ’agreement with the United States in February. The withdrawal of foreign troops from the country laid the foundation.
Ahunzada said in a statement: “The Islamic Emirate is committed to the agreement … and urges the other party to honour its promise not to waste this important opportunity.” The Taliban is named after Afghanistan.
Before reaching an agreement between the United States and the Taliban, the so-called “reduction of violence” was carried out, but there was no formal ceasefire.
U.S. Special Representative to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, who contributed to the deal, said on Twitter on Saturday that the United States “welcomes the Taliban’s decision to observe the ceasefire during Eid al-Fitr and the Afghan government’s announcement and announcement of its own ceasefire . “
He urged the Taliban to continue to abide by the agreement, calling the cessation of violence “a major opportunity not to be missed”, while promising that the United States will “do its best”.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also welcomed the ceasefire and urged all parties to “seize the opportunity of peace for the benefit of all Afghans.”