Afghan Taliban refuses ceasefire in Ramadan

Afghan Taliban refuses ceasefire in Ramadan

KABUL: Afghan Taliban refused the truce appeal by UN mission in Afghanistan and government sponsored High Peace Council (HPC).

Taliban rejected the appeal and claimed to continue attacks during Ramadan.


UN official Nicholas Haysome and HPC urged Taliban for a ceasefire in the holy month of Ramadan and join intra-Afghan  dialogue for durable peace in the region.


“We want the armed opponents to show respect to the holy month of Ramadan so the people could focus on worship in a peaceful environment,” HPC said in a statement.


However, Taliban rejected any deal.

“Jihad is an obligation and worship. Our Jihad will gain more strength during Ramadan as its reward is 70% more,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement.


Taliban have increased attacks after the death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.


Taliban also targeted an Afghan court following the execution of Taliban prisoners last month.