Afghan Security Forces, Taliban Militants Celebrate Eid Together After Ceasefire

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Kabul: Afghan security forces and Taliban militants celebrated Eid together, with greetings, handshakes, hugs and selfies. Both the Taliban and the Afghan government have announced a ceasefire. While the militant group’s ceasefire ends on Monday, the government’s will last until Wednesday.

Videos and pictures on social media showed Taliban and Afghan security forces celebrating Eid in Logar province, south of Kabul, as well as in Maidan Wardak and Zabul provinces, Reuters reported. Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Masood Azizi said the ceasefire was being monitored throughout the country, and there had been no attacks.

“I could not believe my eyes,” Mohammad Amir, a resident of Kunduz city, told Reuters. “I saw Taliban and police standing side by side and taking selfies.”

Qari Zarif, Taliban’s shadow governor for Bati Kot district, said that the group would obey their leaders and not violate ceasefire, as reported. Bati Kot is almost entirely under the control of the extremist group. However, government forces asserted that the Taliban could celebrate Eid even in areas held by the Army.

“The Islamic Emirate and the Afghan government should extend the ceasefire,” Abdul Basir, a Taliban militant, said. Shams Rahman, a resident of Bati Kot, said the “situation is very good, and we are very happy from both sides”.

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