PESHAWAR: The Afghan Taliban on Friday rejected the government offer of peace talks, saying that talks cannot be held in presence of foreign troops on Afghan soil.

According to media reports, the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that the Taliban will never hold talks with the Afghan government which is a puppet. He said the Taliban have shown interest in talks several times, but the pro-US elements in the Afghan government don’t want talks. He said talks were not possible until departure of all foreign troops from Afghanistan.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had announced a unilateral ceasefire on 28th of Ramazan till fifth day of Eidul Fitr and later the unconditional ceasefire was extended by 10 days. The Afghan Taliban had also announced ceasefire till third day of Eid and resumed their activities afterwards.

On the demand of the Afghan people, the government has again extended talks offer to the Taliban, but they are apparently not interested in talks this time. People of Afghanistan were very happy during the ceasefire as casualties reduced considerably during that time.