Afghan Taliban announce three-day ceasefire for Eid celebration this week

Eid will begin on Wednesday or Thursday this week, depending on the sighting of the moon.

Pakistan helped the Taliban, played on both sides in Afghanistan': US senator, South Asia News | wionews.comOn Monday, the Taliban insurgents said they would observe a three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan for Eid.

The ceasefire would be starting this week, after weeks of increasing violence that gripped the country.

This was informed by Mohammad Naeem, a Taliban spokesman, on Twitter.

“In order that the Mujahideen again provide a nonviolent and secure atmosphere to our citizens during Eid-ul-Fitr so that they may celebrate this joyful occasion, all Mujahideen are instructed to halt all offensive operations,” Naeem, a Taliban tweeted.

Eid will begin on Wednesday or Thursday this week, depending on the sighting of the moon.

The ceasefire statement came two days after bombings outside a school in the western division of the Afghan capital of Kabul killed at least 68, mostly students, and wounded more than 165 others.

No group claimed accountability for the attack.

The Taliban insurgents, fighting to overthrow the Afghan government since their ouster by U.S.-led forces in late 2001, rejected involvement in the bombings and condemned them.

Nevertheless, the Afghan governmental leaders said the Taliban was behind the attack.

Naeem said the group’s fighters had been commanded to cease all military actions against the Afghan government.

However, they added that they were ready to retaliate if attacked by government forces.

Fraidoon Khwazoon, a spokesman for Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, which heads the peace process, said the group embraced the Taliban’s ceasefire announcement.

Peace talks between both warring sides in the Qatari capital of Doha, which began last year, have made no progress, and violence has risen.

Kabul has been on high alert since Washington declared plans last month to pull out all U.S. troops by the 11th of September, with Afghan officials saying the Taliban advanced up attacks across the country following the announcement.

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