Optimism grows over Govt-Taliban ceasefire

The former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Salam Zaeef says he is optimistic about the continuation of the ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban, saying that the truce might be extended.

Talking to TOLOnews this week, Zaeef also spoke about the current administration and said any collapse of the system would not be in the interests of the people or the country. He said instead efforts need to be made to reform and extend the current system.

“I am not in favor of A collapse of this system. Peace should be ensured and the system should be reformed and it should be further supported,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Taliban’s leader Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada said in his Eid message, which came just days after the group called for a three-day ceasefire, that the group’s fight is to end the presence of US military in Afghanistan.

Akhundzada said the only way to rescue Afghanistan was for the US forces and, in his words, “other occupying forces”, to leave the country, so that an independent, Islamic, intra-Afghan government “can take root”.

“This is not Taliban’s will; it is Pakistanis who are giving them (Taliban) such orders,” said Mirdad Nijrabi, the first deputy secretary of the Wolesi Jirga, Lower House of Parliament.

“Taliban want to kind of increase their importance by saying that they want to talk with a superpower of the world,” said Ghulam Farooq Majroh, an MP.

Meanwhile, the High Peace Council called on the Taliban to share their demands with the Afghan government and said that any type of foreign interference should be prevented in the process.

“I want them (Taliban) to announce their readiness in order to start the talks under the leadership of the Afghan government,” said Ehsan Taheri, a spokesman for the High Peace Council.

Source Tolonews

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