KABUL: The Taliban has declared a three-day ceasefire during the holidays of Eid-ul-Fitr, asking fighters to halt all offensives during the period and be on alert for any possible attacks from ‘enemy.’
The announcement from the Taliban comes as violence has highly surged across the country. Afghan Peace Watch, through its RiV-monitoring, has documented 331 deaths and 277 injures across Afghanistan in the past 48 hours in 22 security incidents that mostly targeted schoolchildren.
“Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate will cease all offensive operations against the enemy countrywide from the first to the third day of Eid,” the Taliban said in a statement on Monday.
“However, if the enemy commits any assault or aggression against you (Taliban fighters) during these days,” it said, “stand ready to protect and defend yourself and your territories vigorously.”
The Afghan government has yet to respond to the declaration, but it usually does so by agreeing to a ceasefire.
Early Monday, Fraidon Khawzon, a spokesman chairman of High Council of National Reconciliation (HCNR) Abdullah Abdullah, said, “We welcome the declaration […] the Islamic Republic is indeed ready and will announce shortly.”
The holiday of Eid al-Fitr commemorates the culmination of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, and it starts with the sighting of the new moon. The ceasefire is expected to begin on Wednesday or Thursday.