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Afghan Loya Jirga agrees to release 400 Taliban prisoners

  • The jirga also decided that the freed prisoners should not return to the battlefield while permanent ceasefire should be imposed
09 Aug 2020

(Karachi) Afghanistan's Grand Assembly (Loya Jirga) announced on Sunday its decision to free 400 Taliban prisoners to remove last hurdle in intra-Afghan peace talks, media has reported.

In February, a deal was reached between the United States and the Taliban in which it was agreed that 5,000 Taliban prisoners will be released from Afghan prisons before peace talks between the militant group and the government. The government has so far released 4,600 prisoners.

The Loya Jirga, which was attended by more than 3,000 elders, community leaders and politicians, stated that intra-Afghan peace talks should begin immediately. It said that foreign prisoners, if any, should be handed over to their respective nations after receiving credible guarantees from their governments.

The jirga also decided that the freed prisoners should not return to the battlefield while permanent ceasefire should be imposed.

Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that he will sign an order today (Sunday) to release the 400 Taliban prisoners. He also called on the Taliban to accept the assembly's demand for ceasefire.