Afghanistan announces ceasefire with Taliban until June 20
Afrida Ahmed: Ashraf Ghani, Aghan President announced on Thursday an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban until June 20, which will correspond with the end of the Muslim fasting season but removed all other militant groups such as Islamic state.
This decision was made after a meeting of Islamic clerics across the country, who declared a fatwa on Taliban attacks this week.
The clerics recommended a ceasefire with Taliban, who are seeking to rein state strict Islamic law after their removal in 2001, and Ghani endorsed the recommendation.
In a message on social network Twitter, Ghani said that this ceasefire is an opportunity for Taliban in respect to their violent campaign which is not winning those hearts and minds but further alienating. He also said that they will characterize the strength of the Afghan government and the will of the people for a peaceful resolution to the Afghan conflict. Source: Reuters