Breakthrough development reported by Afghan Taliban over the crucial Afghanistan peace deal with US
KABUL - Breakthrough development reported by Afghan Taliban over the crucial Afghanistan peace deal with the United STATES.
The Taliban leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada has agreed to a seven-day reduction of violence in Afghanistan on condition that a peace deal is signed, sources familiar with the process have said on condition of anonymity.
The Taliban leader has said that the reduction of violence in major cities of Afghanistan will be implemented once the US signs the peace deal, which must include a plan for the withdrawal of foreign forces, the sources said, quoting Taliban officials, TOLO News has reported.
“The religious scholars have suggested that Mullah Hibatullah agree to a seven-day reduction of violence on condition that the US sign the peace agreement during these seven days,” said Sami Yousufzai, a freelance journalist.
According to the sources, if the reduction of violence is implemented, the Taliban will not attack the cities, they will not launch suicide attacks and will not block major highways.
Former President Hamid Karzai, on the other hand, speaking at the Raisina Dialogue conference in India, said that the US efforts in the Afghan peace process are hopeful.
“Yes, we in Afghanistan hope that the new American initiative for peace will work and be supported,” said Karzai.
But the Afghan government still insists on a ceasefire.