Afghan leader announces truce with Taliban.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. – A file photo

PESHAWAR: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban after a meeting of the Ulema (religious scholars) in Kabul on Monday during which they issued a Fatwa (decree) against the ongoing war in the country.

The Afghan president said in a social media message that the ceasefire will be effective from the 27 Ramazan until the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr. He said the Afghan forces will halt their operations against the Afghan Taliban. However, he said, operations against Daesh and other foreign militants will continue.

“With the ceasefire announcement, we epitomise the strength of the Afghan government and the will of the people for a peaceful resolution to the Afghan conflict,” Ashraf Ghani said, adding: “This ceasefire is an opportunity for the Taliban to realise that their violent campaign is not winning them hearts and minds but further alienating the Afghan people from their cause.”

The Afghan Taliban have not yet responded to the ceasefire announcement.

On Monday more than 2,000 Afghan Ulema issued a fatwa that the ongoing war in Afghanistan is forbidden under Shariah.

The Ulema had called upon the warring factions to announce a ceasefire.

Meanwhile, the religious scholars repeated their call to the Taliban to accept the Afghan government’s unconditional peace offer.

 

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. – A file photo