Taliban, Afghan president declare threeday Eid ceasefire from Sunday

Clay Curtis
May 24, 2020

Afghanistan is moving towards three days welcome stop fighting on the occasion of the Eid el-Fitr, the feast marking the end of ramadan to begin on Sunday 24 may 2020, after the taliban announced on Saturday a ceasefire immediately accepted by president Ashraf Ghani.

Worshippers at the Great Mosque in Herat, Afghanistan, during Ramadan, 19 May.

The US-Taliban deal is also aimed at paving the way for the fighters to hold direct peace talks with Kabul.

Pakistan also welcomed the group's announcement for the three-day ceasefire. The head of the afghan State, which multiplies for years, the queries of the genre, had come to a stop of the fighting for three days in June 2018 on the occasion of the Eid el-Fitr.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement posted on social media that the group's "leadership instructs all the mujaheddin of the Islamic Emirate to take special measures for security of the countrymen, and conduct no offensive operation against the enemy anywhere".

The announcements followed an uptick in violence across Afghanistan since a U.S. -Taliban deal was signed in late February that could see all American troops pull out of Afghanistan by mid-2021.

"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".

In February, the United States and the Taliban signed an agreement aimed at ending the longest military action in USA history.

It is also created to pave the way for peace talks between the insurgents and Kabul, including trust-building initiatives such as prisoner swaps.

"The Taliban have implemented their agreement not to attack the coalition forces", he said earlier this month. While the Taliban denied involvement, it prompted President Ghani to order the resumption of offensive operations against them as well as other groups.

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He accused the militants of ignoring repeated calls for a reduction in violence.

The directive ordered Taliban fighters not to fight but also not to fraternize with Afghan national security forces. They said it was "not rational" and ramped up attacks on Afghan forces.

The long-time political rivals agreed to share power in the government on Sunday after months of feuding over the results of last September's election.

It is also created to pave the way for peace talks between the Taliban and Kabul, including trust-building initiatives such as prisoner swaps.

But with US President Donald Trump openly signaling his desire to leave regardless, and the coronavirus pandemic complicating matters, violence has surged again in the war-weary country in recent weeks. United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops will withdraw from the country within 14 months, as long as the Taliban uphold their side of the deal.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the announcement and urged all parties "to seize the opportunity and embrace an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process", UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Fighters also were advised not to travel into government-controlled territory during the pause, and government troops would not be allowed into insurgent-controlled territory, the statement said.

Hopes are that the newly found unity will help the Afghan government get the country back on track toward stability.

But the Taliban's spokesman has accused the government of delaying the release "under one pretext or another".

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