By Emerson Kinge – Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday, May 24, 2020.
Afghanistan president, Ashraf Ghani has welcomed a pronouncement from the Taliban for a three-day ceasefire, but caution his army would retaliate if the Taliban breaches its promise in these three days.
“I welcome the ceasefire announcement by the Taliban. The Afghan government extends the offer of peace. As Commander in Chief, I have instructed ANDSF to comply with the three days truce and defend only if attacked. Further details will be given in my speech tomorrow morning,” he tweeted.
Afghanistan’s insurgents announced, Saturday May 23, 2020, they will not engage in remorseful attacks for three days. The three-day war-fast started Sunday, May 24, 2020.
“The leadership instructs all the mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate to take special measures for security for countrymen and conduct no offensive operation against the enemy anywhere,” Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said on social media.
The Taliban or Taleban, who refer to themselves as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, is a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist political movement and military organization in Afghanistan currently waging war within that country.
The pronouncement came as a surprise to some. Last month, the Taliban rejected a government call for a ceasefire during the holy month of Ramadan that’s ending today, in ‘Eid al- Fitr celebrations. They had described the truce as irrational.