Web Desk(June 07, 2018): Afghanistan’s President has announced a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban during Muslim festival Eid al-Fitr later this month.
In a video message Thursday, Ashraf Ghani said that all Afghan security forces would be instructed to stop offensive operations on Afghan insurgents between June 12 and June 21, the period this year in which Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan announces ceasefire from the 27th of Ramadan until the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr following the historic ruling [Fatwa] of the Afghan Ulema.
— Ashraf Ghani (@ashrafghani) June 7, 2018
“ISIS, Al Qaida, and other international terrorist networks are excluded from this ceasefire,” Ghani said, adding that details of the ceasefire would be made public next week.
“This ceasefire is an opportunity for Taliban to introspect that their violent campaign is not winning the hearts and minds but further alienating the #Afghan people from their cause,” Ghani added on Twitter.
The Taliban has not yet commented.