Young Afghans hope for first ceasefire after lifetime of war

Pauline Gross
June 11, 2018

15 Afghan security personnel were killed in a Taliban attack in Kunduz province of Afghanistan- news agency ANI reported.

The Taliban claimed the attack in a statement to media.

"We welcome the three days ceasefire announced by the Taliban starting on the first day of Eid", Ghani said on Twitter after the Taliban announcement.

The government announced the ceasefire last week.

Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday welcomed the ceasefire between terror group Taliban and the federal government in Afghanistan during Eidul Fitr which is expected to commence on June 16.

"The government of Afghanistan has taken and will take all the steps to make sure that there is no more bloodshed in Afghanistan", said Mohammad Haroon Chakhansuri, Afghan presidential spokesman, "and even if these steps are smaller steps we welcome those".

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced a weeklong cease-fire with the Taliban to coincide with the holiday.

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Wadir Safi, a professor of worldwide law and politics at Kabul University, said the Taliban's decision was an acknowledgment that, despite their ability to pose a serious challenge to the state and maintain control over vast areas of rural Afghanistan, it would be equally unable to achieve its goals through force. A suicide bomber wounded at least 10 civilians when he struck near the education department in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

In the Zawol district of western Herat province, the governor's spokesman said 18 members of the Afghan army and police were killed in an overnight ambush Friday.

"The Helmand Peace March is the most significant grass-roots peace effort to emerge from Taliban-held areas, a desperate cry for peace in a region ravaged by conflict", Shuja said.

At least 23 soldiers were killed and another nine wounded in the raid, Shah Wali Kot district police chief Padshah Khan told AFP. The strategic attacks were focused on the two security checkpoints in Kunduz.

But others were more cautious, warning that the Taliban and its brutal arm the Haqqani Network could launch attacks on behalf of the Islamic State group, which they are believed to have done previously.

Ghani's decision came after Islamic clerics declared a fatwa, or ruling, against suicide bombings at a gathering in Kabul that itself was the target of a suicide attack claimed by IS militants that killed 14 people.

Other reports by GizPress

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