Majority of the 887 prisoners who are expected to be released by the Afghan government are members of the Taliban, critics said, adding that it will have a possible impact on the country's situation and that the decision has been made without wider consultations.
The Presidential Palace has said that these inmates will be released on the order of the president within the next ten days.
Some former government officials lashed out at President Ghani over the controversial order and said that the move looks like a "deal for peace".
During this Eid speech, Ghani, however, did not clarify the identities of the inmates on the release list. But said that the decision was made in line with the demand of the Peace Jirga in Kabul.
Members of the consultative Jirga for peace also asked the Afghan government to release Taliban prisoners as a goodwill gesture.
Ghani’s spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri said that most of the inmates are Taliban.
“When I announced it at the Loya Jirga that 175 inmates will be released, not only a single voice was heard, but also there is a call for more of them to be freed,” said Ghani.
Military experts criticized the government for taken such decision and added that the government must first consider the profit and loss of the decision.
“There is nobody to ask the government that those you freed, who are they and what they did?” said military analyst Assadullah Walwaji.
Some critics are optimistic about President Ghani’s decision regarding the Taliban’s prisoners' release.
“We hope that the move by the president leaves a positive impact, but not negative impact where we in the past were harmed,” said a member of Logar provincial council Qareebullah Sadat.
But what is actually written in the constitution regarding such a move?
“If they are accused of destructive activities, it means if they have committed an act of terror which harms the Afghan people, then there is a restriction on it,” said legal expert Abdul Subhan Misbah.
“When a man himself (President Ghani) is illegitimate, then he cannot make a decision. This is a big issue and it's beyond the authority of him, but he does everything he wants and does it illegally. This is also counted among his 'illegal activities',” said presidential candidate Shahab Hakimi.
This comes as Taliban leader in his Eid message rejected a prospect for a ceasefire with the Afghan government and instead vowed to fight. The Taliban has constantly refused to talk with the Afghan government and instead branded it as a "puppet".