The spokesman for the Afghan authorities’s negotiating crew in Doha stated the provide from the armed group was a ‘huge demand’.
The Taliban have supplied a three-month ceasefire in alternate for the discharge of hundreds of fighters held in prisons, a high Afghan authorities negotiator stated on Thursday, because the armed group seized management of a key border crossing with Pakistan.
Nader Nadery, the spokesman for the Afghan authorities’s negotiating crew within the Qatari capital, Doha, stated it was a “huge demand”. Peace talks between Taliban and Afghan management in Doha have been stalled for months.
“The Taliban has supplied a plan for a three-month ceasefire, however in alternate they’ve requested for the discharge of seven,000 of their prisoners and the removing of their leaders from the UN blacklist,” he informed reporters in Kabul.
Final 12 months, the Afghan authorities launched virtually 5,000 Taliban prisoners as a part of an alternate that helped launch peace talks in Qatar. The measures have been agreed as a part of the Taliban-US settlement, which additionally referred to as for the withdrawal of US forces from the nation.
A spokesman for the Taliban stated he was solely conscious of the suggestion of a ceasefire over the forthcoming Eid al-Adha vacation.
The Taliban is waging a relentless marketing campaign throughout Afghanistan with america and NATO troops virtually all however gone from the nation, leaving Afghan forces going through disaster.
Fighters from the group captured the Spin Boldak-Chaman border crossing on Wednesday, the second most vital crossing on the border with Pakistan and an vital income for the Western-backed authorities in Kabul.
The Afghan armed group has in current weeks additionally captured border crossings with Iran, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. The group has been waging an armed rebel because it was dislodged from energy in a US-led invasion in 2001.
Pakistan’s international ministry confirmed on Thursday that the Afghan aspect of the Chaman border crossing was within the palms of the Taliban. The transfer prompted Pakistan to close its aspect of the border.
“An unruly mob of about 400 folks tried to cross the gate forcefully. They threw stones, which pressured us to make use of tear gasoline,” stated a safety official on the Pakistan aspect, who requested to not be named, including that the state of affairs was later introduced “beneath management”.
He stated about 1,500 folks had gathered on the border Wednesday ready to cross.
The crossing offers direct entry to Pakistan’s Balochistan province – the place the Taliban’s high management has been based mostly for many years.
Al Jazeera’s Kamal Hyder reporting from Peshawar, Pakistan stated the “takeover of Spin Boldak got here as a shock”.
“A humanitarian disaster was starting to unfold,” Hyder stated.
“Tens of hundreds of individuals [were] stranded on each side. It is a very busy border, given the truth that a lot of the medical emergencies from Afghanistan cross to Pakistan as a result of there are higher medical services right here, and likewise the truth that many households [were going to cross] to fulfill their family as a result of Eid Holidays have been approaching.”
On Thursday, the Afghan Taliban and the Pakistani authorities agreed to reopen the border crossing to permit stranded folks by.
‘Ceasefire to consolidate energy’
Islamabad on Thursday introduced it had invited quite a few “Afghan leaders” to a peace convention over the weekend, however an aide to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani informed native media his authorities had requested for it to be postponed, with politicians already heading to Qatar.
Muska Dastageer, a lecturer on the American College of Afghanistan, stated any Taliban ceasefire provide was probably an try by them to consolidate the positions they’ve gained so swiftly in current weeks.
“A ceasefire now would successfully prohibit (Afghan forces) from retaking the essential border factors which Taliban have captured just lately,” she tweeted.
“I believe the timing of this ceasefire provide has extra to do with their want to consolidate energy over these areas.”