On the eve of the beginning of the month of Ramadan, Afghan President Ashfar Ghani called for a ceasefire for the Taliban, especially in the context of the coronavirus.
Despite a government call, Taliban spokesman Suheil Shahin tweeted that the government’s inattention to “thousands” of prisoners who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus made Ghani’s call insincere, and this and other factors made ceasefire impossible.
In his message, Ghani called on the Taliban to end the “killing of Afghans.” He also said that the government will continue to help vulnerable families during the country’s coronavirus crisis.
Taliban spokesman Suheil Shahin said the ceasefire is not “rational” or “convincing,” because “thousands of prisoners are at risk from the coronavirus and there are obstacles to the peace process.” The Taliban demand the release of 5,000 prisoners by the Afghan government on the basis of an agreement between the US and the Taliban. The Afghan government agreed to release 1,500 prisoners, but using a conditional and gradual process.
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