Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Announces Ceasefire With Taliban

| June 7 , 2018 , 15:31 IST

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced a week-long ceasefire with the Taliban. Announcing the decision, Ghani said that the ceasefire would be in effect from the 27th day of the holy month of Ramazan till the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr.

As per a statement from the President’s office, the decision comes in accordance with the historic Fatwa of the Afghan Ulema(religious leaders) that declared suicide attacks and violence to be anti-Islam and forbidden in the religion. Ghani welcomed the fatwa that says only the state can declare Jihad.

Ghani made it clear that the ceasefire was only with Taliban and not with ISIS and other terrorist organisations.

“Afghan national defense and security forces will only stop offensive maneuvers against Afghan armed Taliban and will continue to target Daesh and other foreign backed terrorist organizations and their affiliates” he tweeted.

Ghani said that the ceasefire was an opportunity for the Taliban to introspect that their violence was not winning hearts but was alienating Afghan people from the cause.

The congregation of Ulemas held in Kabul on Monday issued a fatwa against the ongoing war in Afghanistan and called for peace talks to end the ongoing war. 

“War in its all types is forbidden under the Islamic and Sharia law and it is nothing but shedding the blood of Muslims,” the Fatwa read.

“Suicide attacks, explosions for killing people, division, insurgency, different types of corruption, robbery, kidnapping and any type of violence are counted as big sins in Islam and are against the order of the Almighty Allah,” it further added.

Immediately after the Fatwa was issued, a suicide blast rocked the venue which killed 14 people and injured dozens of people.

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