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Ghani decrees release of 400 Taliban prisoners

Ghani decrees release of 400 Taliban prisoners

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Aug 10, 2020 - 20:41

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Monday evening signed a decree to release the last group 400 Talibaninfo-icon prisoners as suggested by the consultative Loya Jirgainfo-icon.

A statement from the Presidential Palace said President Ghani signed the decree pardoning jailed military personnel and those on the Taliban’s list of 5,000 people this evening during a ceremony.

The statement said both deputies to the President and a number of high-ranking government officials were present at the decree signing ceremony.

President Ghani in accordance with provisions of Article 67 and 18 clause of the Constitution of Afghanistaninfo-icon and at the request of the Consultative Peace Loya Jirga singed the decree forgiving military personnel in jails and the 400 Taliban prisoners to be released.

Earlier today, the National Radio Television (RTA) quoted a government source as saying that the intra-Afghan negotiations were expected to begin on Sunday.

Suhail Shaheen, Taliban’s political spokesman, said the movement was ready to enter negotiations with the Afghan government within a week if the rebel prisoners release was completed.

As part of the Feb. 29 peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban, Kabul has to free 5,000 Taliban inmates and, in return, the militant movement has released 1,000 government soldiers.

On the first day of EidulAdah, President Ashraf Ghani suggested convening the Loya Jirga to decide the fate of the 400 prisoners on a Taliban list handed to his administration.

The Loya Jirga commenced on Friday and issued a resolution on Sunday, approving the release of the 400 Taliban prisoners who, the government says, are involved in high-profile attacks.

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