Afghan Taliban announces 3-day ceasefire during Eid al-Fitr festival
The Taliban outfit has announced a three-day ceasefire with the Afghan government during Eid al-Fitr, the second annual religious festival holidays, starting from Sunday, a Taliban spokesman confirmed, Trend reports citing Xinhua.
"In order that our countrymen may celebrate their Eid festivities in ease and comfort, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (name of the ousted Taliban regime) orders all the Mujahideen to adopt special preparatory measures for the safety of our countrymen and not to attack the enemy in any place but if there is attack from enemy in any place then a befitting defensive response shall be given," Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement reaching Xinhua Sunday.
The spokesman also urged the fighters not to go to areas under the control of the government.
Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has welcomed the announcement.
"I welcome the ceasefire announcement by the Taliban. The Afghan government extends the offer of peace. As commander in chief I have instructed ANDSF (Afghan National Defense and Security Forces)to comply with the three days truce and to defend only if attacked," Ghani tweeted.
The three-day Eid al-Fitr is to be observed on Sunday to mark the end of Muslims fasting month of Ramada