What will Taliban do after signing US deal? Afghanistan: the long road to peace” Do not perform any offending operations against the enemy anywhere. If any action is taken versus you by the enemy, defend yourself,”Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said on Saturday.
He included that the ceasefire had been stated entirely for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
“I invite the ceasefire statement,” Mr Ghani wrote on Twitter shortly after. “I have actually instructed [the military] to abide by the three-day truce and to protect just if assaulted.”
Could short truce restore cautious hope?
By Secunder Kermani, BBC Afghanistan reporter
It is just the 3rd time that the Taliban have actually stated a short-term truce because the conflict started.
The first remained in 2018, again during Eid events, and was a crucial moment in galvanising the peace procedure. Taliban fighters and members of the security forces hugged and postured for selfies together. That will not occur this time – the Taliban have actually purchased their members not to enter government territory.
Earlier this year, the group signed an arrangement with the United States setting out a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign forces from the country. However while they have actually stopped attacks versus worldwide soldiers they have continued targeting Afghan security forces.
Direct settlements between the two sides was because of start in March however have actually been postponed by a dispute over the exchange of prisoners and increased combating. This short reprieve in violence might assist develop momentum for those speak to lastly start, and will revive some of the mindful hope Afghans had started to feel: that an end to the conflict might become possible.
What’s the bigger picture?
Afghans and international observers had wished for a reduction in violence between the two sides following the signing of a troop withdrawal arrangement between the Taliban and the United States in February.