Afghans Need a Permanent Ceasefire: Ghani


KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani ordered all Afghan forces to observe a three-day truce during Eid, but he also directed military to respond to any violations or movements from militants.
Ghani said that the government was aware of the Taliban’s declaration of a truce, but he did not welcome it as it could not resolve the Afghan conflict.
Ghani said that the Afghan government and citizens wanted a lasting ceasefire.
“Our message to the Taliban is that their latest attacks during Ramadan in Logar, Helmand, Ghazni, Herat, Baghlan, Kabul, and today’s (Monday) deadly incident in Zabul show that any attempt to impose violence and make efforts to create horror among the people to achieving political and intelligence goals only leads to more hatred (towards them) among the people,” Ghani said.
He believes the Taliban may have realized in the last few weeks that their estimate of defeating the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces militarily and face-to-face combat was wrong.
He urged the Taliban to heed the people’s call for a truce and come to the negotiation table once for a fundamental solution to the Afghan misery.