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Taliban ready for brief ceasefire with Americans

Taliban ready for brief ceasefire with Americans

Jan 16, 2020 - 09:46

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): In an effort to break a deadlock in peace negotiations, the Talibaninfo-icon chief has agreed to a brief ceasefire with the United States and reducing attacks on the Afghan armed forces, media reports say.

“After discussions over the past few weeks, our leadership council has agreed to a 10-day ceasefire with the US. For the Afghan government and its armed forces, our leadership has decided to reduce attacks,” a Taliban leader was quoted as saying by The News.

Part of the 26-member Taliban leadership council, the senior insurgent said all sides start observing the ceasefire from the day a US-Taliban peace deal was signed.

He suggested a peace accord could be inked soon. “We may not announce the ceasefire publicly but would make sure our commanders implement it wholeheartedly in areas under their control.”

During the ceasefire, the Taliban would not attack US and Afghan forces. The rebel leader promised there would be no attacks anywhere in Afghanistaninfo-icon from their side.

Meanwhile, Daily Times reported the Taliban ‘Rehbari Shurainfo-icon’ met twice over the past few weeks to review Zalmay Khalilzad’s proposal and agreed to declare a ceasefire for seven to 10 days.

Most of the ‘shura’ members had agreed to the ceasefire and sent their recommendation to the supreme leader, who approved it.

“If Khalilzad agrees to the suggestion, we will announce a brief ceasefire and the long-awaited peace agreement will be signed during this period,” an unnamed Taliban leader said.

The Taliban chief is said to have formed a three-member committee to review whatever their Qatar office members have discussed and decided with American negotiators.

Sheikh Abdul Hakeem (the Taliban chief justice), Sheikh Sharif and Sheikh Qasim are members of the committee. All of them are senior members of the Taliban leadership council.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud





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