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

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday announced the end of the government’s unilateral ceasefire and ordered forces to restart operations against Taliban across the country.

The president, while talking to reporters here, said that the Afghan security forces were allowed to restart their operation as the ceasefire was over.

The ceasefire lasted 18 days after it was extended once. The Taliban’s announced three-day ceasefire for Eid al-Fitr and in response the government declared a ceasefire and later extended it as step towards peace.

The three days of no fighting were unprecedented in the nearly 17-year conflict.

Ghani said the ceasefire had been 98 percent successful and had shown that the majority of the rebels wanted peace, adding that it was now the “Taliban’s turn to give a positive response.”

“I am ready to extend the ceasefire anytime when the Taliban are ready,” he said.