The non permanent deal between the Taliban and the Afghan authorities follows a surge in violence in current weeks.
A 3-day ceasefire agreed by the warring Taliban and Afghan authorities has come into power as celebrations for the Muslim vacation of Eid al-Fitr acquired underway, after weeks of heavy preventing throughout the nation.
The non permanent deal beginning on Thursday was proposed by the Taliban and agreed to by President Ashraf Ghani.
Violence has intensified in Afghanistan since the US missed a Might 1 deadline, agreed with the Taliban final yr, to withdraw all of its troops.
It’ll solely be the fourth pause in preventing in almost 20 years of battle, and is predicted to provide respite to Afghan households as they have fun Eid, which comes on the finish of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Al Jazeera’s Filio Kontrafouri, reporting from Kabul, mentioned Afghans who’ve lengthy been affected by the continuing violence breathed a sigh of reduction.
“It’s refreshing to see households with youngsters strolling round Kabul this morning have the ability to be a bit on account of the ceasefire,” she mentioned.
The Taliban and the Afghan authorities launched peace talks in September final yr, however progress has stalled regardless of worldwide efforts to jump-start the negotiations.
Ceasefires up to now have largely held, in what’s extensively regarded as an train by the Taliban management to show they’ve agency management over the myriad factions throughout the nation that make up the hardline motion.
The US and NATO have pledged to withdraw their troops by September 11. Whereas the Taliban have averted participating US troops, they’ve stepped up assaults towards Afghan authorities forces.
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Violence has rocked a number of provinces in current weeks. On Tuesday, Taliban fighters seized Nerkh district, which lies in Wardak province about 40km (25 miles) from Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul.
On Saturday, a series of bomb blasts outdoors a faculty in Kabul killed dozens of individuals, largely college students.
Officers blamed the Taliban who denied they have been concerned within the bombing and condemned it.
In the meantime, the hashtag “AfghansWantPermanentCeasefire” trended in Afghanistan on Fb and Twitter within the lead-up to Eid.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid advised the Reuters information company that the social media pattern was an “emotional factor” and that the group “revered” these feelings.
“However a ceasefire is one thing larger than emotion, it’s associated to the bigger problem of our nation,” he mentioned, including that there can be no everlasting ceasefire till the group’s purpose of restoring an Islamic authorities is achieved.
The United Nations Help Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) mentioned it might proceed to help Afghanistan.
“Let me guarantee you that we have now no plans to go anyplace. We intend to remain the course and work with all of you,” mentioned head of UNAMA Deborah Lyons in an announcement to mark Eid.