Monday, August 10, 2020
Home Across Region Taliban, Afghan govt renews ceasefire for Eid

Taliban, Afghan govt renews ceasefire for Eid

Kabul: The Taliban has announced a three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha starting on Friday.
The move, announced on Tuesday, could signal the start of the long-delayed peace talks after President Ashraf Ghani signalled negotiations with the Taliban could start next week.
The Taliban proposed the ceasefire after President Ghani described progress in a contentious prisoner exchange that has thrown up numerous hurdles to talks starting. “To demonstrate the government’s commitment to peace, the Islamic Republic will soon complete the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners,” Ghani told officials, referring to the number of inmates the government originally pledged to free under the US-Taliban deal in February.
“With this action, we look forward to the start of direct negotiations with the Taliban in a week’s time,” Ghani added. The president’s spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi told the AFP news agency that Kabul would observe the ceasefire, but cautioned the temporary nature of it did not go far enough. “The people of Afghanistan demand a lasting ceasefire and the start of direct talks between the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan,” Sediqqi said. – Agencies

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

PM launches ‘record-breaking’ plantation drive

By Asghar Ali Mubarak ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday urged the nation to fully participate in tree plantation drive to revert the environmental degradation...

Pakistan welcomes Loya Jirga’s advice for 400 prisoners’ release

By Our Diplomatic Correspondent ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday welcomed the Afghan Loya Jirga’s recommendation to release remaining 400 prisoners, hoping the step would pave way...

Hindu migrant family of 11 found dead in Rajasthan

Jodhpur: Eleven members of a family of Pakistan Hindu migrants were found dead at a farm in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district on Sunday morning, police...

Rain-hit Balochistan to get shuttle train

By Uzma Zafar ISLAMABAD: Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad on Sunday announced to run special shuttle train to rescue people from rain-hit Balochistan areas, media...

Recent Comments