In Afghanistan, the Taliban unilaterally announced a three-day ceasefire on Saturday night for Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of Ramadan. President Ashraf Ghani accepted his offer.
A gun violence in Afghanistan. The Taliban unilaterally announced a three-day ceasefire on Saturday, May 23, following Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of Ramadan which will start on Sunday, after intensifying its offensive against Afghan forces since March.
The rebellious leadership orders their fighters to “take special measures for the security of their countrymen and not to launch offensive operations against the enemy”, but they can defend themselves if attacked, perhaps we read in a Taliban press release sent by one of their spokesmen .
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani accepted their offer shortly after ordering his troops to comply.
“As chief of staff, I told ANDSF (the national defense and security forces) to respect this three-day long weapon and to defend yourself only in the event of an attack,” said Ashraf Ghani, who “welcomed” the Taliban’s announcement.
I welcome the Taliban weapons weapons announcement. The Afghan government is expanding its offer of peace. As commander-in-chief, I have instructed ANDSF to follow the three-day gun service and defend only if attacked. More information will be given in my speech tomorrow morning.
– Ashraf Ghani (@ashrafghani) May 23, 2020
First call for ceasefire from the Taliban
It is the first time the Taliban have called for their weapons to be abandoned since an international coalition led by the United States pulled them out of power in late 2001. In late April, they rejected a ceasefire offer by President Ashraf Ghani’s fire in response to Ramadan, which they described as “not rational or convincing”.
The Taliban intensified its attacks on Afghan security forces shortly after signing an agreement with the United States at the end of February in Doha to withdraw foreign troops from Afghanistan within 14 months in exchange for security considerations. They have carried out more than 3,800 attacks since March, killing 420 civilians and injuring 906 others, according to Afghan authorities on Monday.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Manua) identified in a report released on Tuesday 208 civilians killed in April by the rebels, a 25% increase over April 2019.
Ashraf Ghani, who has been requesting weapons weapons requests for several years, had come to a three-day cessation of fighting in June 2018 on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr. Surprising scenes of embroidery between Taliban fighters and members of the Afghan security forces had occurred, the two camps hugging and taking pictures.
The Taliban also respected a nine-day firearm from February 22 to March 2 on the signing of the Doha agreement with the Americans.