Taliban, the President of Afghanistan announces a three-day Eid ceasefire
The Taliban announced a three-day Eid truce in Afghanistan on Sunday, in a tweet from the hardline Islamist group on Saturday, and the country’s president said the government would reciprocate.
The move came as the battle between the two sides worsened in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Do not carry out any combat operations against the enemy anywhere, if any action is taken against you by the enemy, protect yourself,” said Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesman. He added that the truce was announced specifically for the Eid celebrations marking the conclusion of the Holy month of Ramadan.
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani accepted the Taliban ‘s declaration of a truce and extended the offer of peace.
“As Commander-in – Chief, I have ordered ANDSF (Afghan National Defense and Security Forces) to cooperate with the three-day ceasefire and to protect it only if it is threatened,” he said in a statement.
Last month, the Taliban refused a government request for a ceasefire across Afghanistan for Ramadan, claiming that the truce was “not moral” as attacks on Afghan forces intensified.
At least 146 people were killed and 430 injured by the Taliban during Ramadan, said Javid Faisal, the spokesperson for the country’s central intelligence and security agency in Kabul on Saturday.