Pak welcomes Taliban’s ceasefire announcement with Afghan forces for Eid

Shehbaz welcomes Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan

Shehbaz welcomes Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan

The attacks came after the Taliban on June 9 announced a ceasefire in Afghanistan during the three days of Eid-ul-Fitr when no attack will be carried out on Afghan forces.

15 Afghan security personnel were killed in a Taliban attack in Kunduz province of #Afghanistan, reports said.

U.S. forces in Afghanistan confirmed Thursday they would respect the Afghan government's ceasefire with the Taliban, with Gen. John Nicholson, commander of USA and worldwide forces in Afghanistan, describing it as "another bold initiative for peace".

Security officials said they would suspend operations against the Taliban in line with the ceasefire, but would respond if attacked.

The unexpected move came two days after the Afghan government's own surprise announcement of a week-long halt to operations against the Taleban.

"All the mujahideen are directed to stop offensive operations against Afghan forces for the first three days of Eid-al-Fitr", the Taliban said in a WhatsApp message to journalists.

A suicide bomber struck just outside the gathering as it was dispersing, killing at least seven people and wounding 20 in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

"We will adhere to the wishes of Afghanistan for the country to enjoy a peaceful end to the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, and support the search for an end to the conflict", Nicholson said.

The Taliban announced Saturday its first cease-fire in Afghanistan. One of several factions that have broken away from the Taliban's core, known as the Quetta Shura, the Rasul group is mainly active in southern and western Afghanistan.

Shah Jahan posted: "I hope this is a step towards peace".

Conversations with diplomats and senior officials in Kabul suggest that the unilateral cease-fire announced by the government had not been coordinated with the Taliban or the outcome of a broader, cohesive peace effort. Around 10 insurgents were also killed and nine others wounded during the battle, he said.

A Taliban spokesman claimed its fighters killed 35 soldiers and captured six others besides seizing military vehicles and weapons.

"Only three days the Taliban are not killing us".

Similarly, the Taliban fighters launched multi-pronged attacks on security checkpoints in Qala-e-Zal district of the northern Kunduz province Saturday morning, police said.

In its statement, the Afghan Taliban said it would allow prisoners to visit with families and asked for the group's regional leaders to commute some prisoners' sentences.

Afghan security forces have struggled to combat the Taliban and ISIL since the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally concluded their combat mission in the country in 2014 and shifted their focus to a support and counterterrorism role.

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