Fri, 10 Jul 2020

ISLAMABAD, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan on Sunday welcomed the announcement of a three-day ceasefire by the Taliban and the Afghan government during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr.

A Taliban statement said that the leadership of the Taliban has directed fighters "not to attack the enemy in any place" during Eid, starting from Sunday. Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has welcomed the Taliban announcement.

Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said on Sunday that her country welcomes the announcements by the Taliban and the Afghan government about the ceasefire on the occasion of Eid.

"While extending Eid greetings to our Afghan brethren, we pray for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan," Farooqui tweeted.

There had been repeated calls for a humanitarian ceasefire in Afghanistan by the international community in the wake of COVID-19 which has also affected the war-shattered country.

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