KABUL: Taliban insurgents have rejected the government’s offer for a ceasefire during Ramadan, citing delays in the implementation of a peace agreement.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani requested the militants to lay down their arms for the Islamic holy month, as the country battles the growing COVID-19 epidemic.
However, the Taliban’s spokesman Suhail Shaheen tweeted to lambaste the government’s offer, citing ongoing disagreements over a potential peace process and a delayed prisoner exchange as reasons to keep fighting.
“Asking for ceasefire is not rational and convincing,” wrote Shaheen as he accused the government of putting prisoners’ lives at risk during the outbreak.
In a time that the lives of thousands of prisoners are being put into danger due to the coronavirus and hurdle are created in the way of the peace process and complete implementation of the Agreement, despite that, asking for ceasefire is not rational and convincing.
— Suhail Shaheen (@suhailshaheen1) April 23, 2020