President Ashraf Ghani said in an address to the nation on Saturday evening that the temporary ceasefire between government and Taliban has been warmly welcomed by the people and that he has ordered the security forces to extend the ceasefire.
Ghani said the current ceasefire will be extended from the fourth day of Eid. He however did not give any further details.
“I ordered the security and defense forces to extend the ceasefire from the fourth day of Eid-al-Fitr. The details about the extended ceasefire will soon be shared with the people. But I order the forces across the country to be ready for any attack to defend the country and the people,” said Ghani.
The president said he has read Friday’s security report and all parts of the country were peaceful.
According to the president, the assumptions of a number of politicians and analysts proved to be wrong regarding the ceasefire as they had said it will not last for long and would be violated.
Ghani said the current war in the country has no justification in terms of policy and religion.
The president said government has released 46 Taliban prisoners in the spirit of the ceasefire and if Taliban leaders show a positive reaction, government will release more prisoners.