Kabul (August 15, 2018): Taliban militants group is considering a 4-day ceasefire during Eid-ul-Azha holidays, next week, despite heavy fighting seen over recent days in the central Afghan city of Ghazni.
Taliban officials said that no decision had been taken but senior leaders would meet either on Tuesday evening or Wednesday to discuss the option. Taliban said that, ‘our friends are advising us that we should announce a four-day ceasefire for the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha so that the people of Afghanistan can peacefully celebrate their Eid like they did two months ago’.
They further added, if agreed, it may be announced in Ghazni province, where they control most of the districts around the provincial capital.
Another Taliban leader said he hoped their leadership might announce a ceasefire as last time it had helped win hearts and minds of the people of Afghanistan.
Prior to the fighting in Ghazni, which has killed and wounded hundreds, there had been strong hopes of a repeat of the three-day truce during the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday in June.According to Afghan government, last month they were considering offering a ceasefire during Eid-ul-Azha, the annual feast of sacrifice.