900 Taliban released in hopes of extending ceasefire

Nearly 900 Taliban people were released on Tuesday by the Afghan government, which had already released a hundred Taliban the day before. In exchange, the Armed Guard’s provisions on gun control can be extended.

The Afghan government kept its promise on Tuesday, June 26, releasing some 900 Taliban prisoners this time. Hundreds of Taliban had already been released the day before. Kabul hopes to encourage the insurgents to extend the three-day ceasefire they have declared over Afghanistan and which is scheduled to end by the end of the day.

An AFP journalist testified that hundreds of these prisoners were released, who were presented to the press under a bright sun as they left the Bagram prison, about sixty kilometers from Kabul.

“I am very happy to be released now. I will be joining my family after eight long years,” said Abdul Wasi, 27, a resident of Kandahar Province in the southern country. “We want a permanent ceasefire in the country,” he added. “If the foreign troops leave, we will no longer fight.”

“I do not know what I will do in the future, but I will do everything to serve Islam,” said Qari Mohammadullah, who said he lost his father and only daughter, who died of illness during his eight years. and two months behind bars.

Against an extension of the arms deal with the Taliban

Contacted by the AFP, the Taliban were quite optimistic about the possibility of an arms extension.

A first Taliban source announced that 200 members of the “Kabul administration forces” they hold will “be released in the coming days.”

A second source of the uprising then described as “very likely” the fact that they “extend the arms deal by seven days if the government accelerates the release of the prisoners”. “Almost all of our leaders (…) agree with this,” she added.

However, Zabihullah Mudjahid, the spokesman and the official voice of the Taliban, said he had “no information” on the subject.

One hundred Taliban are released every day

The rebels, who multiply multiply the deadly attacks on the Afghan forces, surprised Saturday by unilaterally ordering the fighting so that their citizens “can celebrate in peace and comfort” Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Ramadan.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani immediately accepted the offer. On Sunday, he initiated “a procedure to release up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners, in a gesture of good will, in response to the Taliban’s announcement of a gun control,” according to his spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi.

According to Javid Faisal of the National Security Council, 100 prisoners affiliated with the Taliban movement will be released each day “until they reach the 2000 figure”.

With AFP