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Taliban lift restrictions on telecom services



Taliban lift restrictions on telecom services

Feb 22, 2020 - 16:04

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon on Saturday lifted restrictions on telecom services following the reduction in violence period across Afghanistaninfo-icon.

On Friday, the US and Taliban announced reduction in violence would start at midnight, hoping the move would pave the way for the inking of a peace deal on February 29.

Previously, the militant group had restricted telecom services in some parts of the country. But they announced lifting the curbs with the start of reduction in violence.

The group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Pajhwok Afghan News they had been restricting telecom operations in areas where there were threats of airstrikes and raids.

He added they had allowed telecom firms to provide round-the-clock services during the week-long reduction in violence.  Attacks would not happen, he assured.

“Telecom services have been allowed in all places for 24 hours. In certain places, however, technical issues or lack of fuel may hamper the services,” he added.

Pajhwok has received reports from Maidan Wardak, Herat, Badghis, Farah and some other provinces regarding the lifting of restrictions on telecom services.

Shafiullah, a resident of Farah City, told Pajhwok: “My cellphone had full signals last night and I felt like there is Eid.”. He hoped reduction in violence would lead to a ceasefire and lasting peace.

Shafiullah urged the Taliban and the government to work for bringing durable peace to the country.


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