The Taliban has announced a three-day ceasefire with the Afghan government. After a few months of fighting, the ceasefire will take effect during the Eid al-Fitr holiday that begins on Sunday.
President Ashraf Ghani quickly welcomed the insurgent’s proposal and ordered his troops to comply with the order, while the US special envoy in Afghanistan praised the deal as a “significant opportunity.”
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement posted on social media that the group’s “leadership instructs all the mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate to take special measures for security of the countrymen, and conduct no offensive operation against the enemy anywhere.”
The statement announced that hostilities would cease during the “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 it controlled.
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.