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Senate, cleric body welcome Taliban’s ceasefire

Senate, cleric body welcome Taliban’s ceasefire

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Jun 10, 2018 - 18:17

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or upper house of Parliament on Sunday welcomed the acceptance of ceasefire by the warring parties during Eid days, asking the government and the insurgents to extend the ceasefire for reaching a permanent peace.

Senate chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar told today’s session that the ceasefire announced by the government and accepted by the Talibaninfo-icon was ‘a test case’ for both who should be committed to their pledges.

He said the government had announced the ceasefire with the Taliban only and Afghan forces should be careful about activities of other militant groups.

“The Afghans became more hopeful when both the sides announced ceasefire and this decision should lead to a lasting peace in Afghanistaninfo-icon,” he said.

Three days back, President Ashraf Ghani said the Afghan government supporting recent Ulemainfo-icon fatwainfo-icon in Kabul had decided to announce ceasefire with the Taliban from 27th of Ramadaninfo-icon (June 12) until fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr.

In a video conference, the president asked Afghan security forces to stop assaults on the Taliban, but keep their military operations against other insurgent groups including Daesh and Al-Qaeda.

Two days after the president’s ceasefire declaration, the Taliban also announced that their fighters would not attack Afghan security forces during three days of Eid but would not cease fighting against foreign forces.

Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Ulema Council and the youth department of the Ministry of Information and Culture in a meeting on Monday also welcomed the temporary ceasefire.

Mualvi Mir Hassain Shah Naseri, talking on behalf of Ulema Council, said that the council supported the ceasefire announced by the Taliban and the government and wanted lasting peace in the country.

“Peace has Islamic roots, Islam is the religion of unity and solidarity and peace and stability is an important responsibility of Muslims,” he said.

“The Ulema Council asks both the sides to discharge their faith and personal responsibilities and put an end to the bloodshed of people and a barbaric environmentinfo-icon, we want permanent peace through Afghan-owned and Afghan-led negotiations, Afghans are thirsty for peace,” he said.

Kamal Sadat, deputy information and culture minister for youth affairs, said that the people hoped the temporary ceasefire would extend.

He hoped the conflict in Afghanistan would permanently end by extension in the ceasefire and the Afghans would soon witness peace in their country.

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