Pakistan-Afghanistan Reform: Taliban announce ceasefire for Eid; Ghani Reciprocates, Orders More Prisoners Release | Instant News


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  • On Saturday, the Taliban announced a unilateral three-day ceasefire for the Eid-ul-Fitr period, starting Sunday. Pres. Ghani welcomed the announcement, ordered Afghan security forces to retaliate, and in a televised address on Sunday said he would “take one step further besides declaring a ceasefire; we will speed up the process of freeing Taliban prisoners. ” Ghani’s spokesman said that he would release “up to” 2,000 Taliban prisoners, who were welcomed by Taliban spokesman Sohail Shaheen on Monday as “a good step”.
  • Pakistani leaders mark the Eid holiday on Sunday; The official celebrations have been muted, and PM Khan called on the public to “think and pray for all families who have lost their loved ones by the plane crash tragedy and all those who have lost their lives because of Covid-19 “.
  • All but two passengers on a PIA flight that crashed in Karachi on Friday were confirmed dead; the investigation has been opened for crashes.
  • On Monday, Pakistan reported 55,978 confirmed COVID-19 cases from 483,656 tests, and at least 1,167 related deaths. Data from the National Command and Operations Center shows that nearly three-quarters of Pakistan’s coronavirus patients are men over 50 years with other pre-existing health conditions.
  • On Monday, the Afghan ministry of public health reported 11,582 confirmed COVID-19 cases, out of 31,718 tests, with at least 219 related deaths.

Pakistan – Security

Pakistan – Politics and Diplomacy

  • Eid Al-Fitr: Pakistani leaders mark the Eid holiday on Sunday; The official celebration has been muted, and PM Khan was called in the public to “think and pray for all families who have lost their loved ones by the plane crash tragedy and all those who have lost their lives because of Covid-19”. Pakistani military spokesman say that The Bajwa Army Chief of Staff observed Eid al-Fitr “in solidarity with Kashmir under illegal and inhuman locking in India.”[[[[ET][[[[ET][[[[Dawn]
  • Other Political Activities: The Nation reports that the PTI government had assigned Chief Minister Khyber Paktunkhwa Mehmood Khan and Punjab Food Minister Abdul Aleem Khan to “oversee” PTI leader Jahangir Tareen and to keep from resigning from Tareen, after a new inquiry commission implicated it as sugar smell.[[[[Dawn][[[[ET]

Pakistan – Economy and Development

Pakistan – Remnants

  • Grasshopper Eats Harvest and Livelihoods[[[[Guardian]
  • New Polio Cases Reported in Punjab[[[[Country]
  • Cabinet Refuses Proposal to Transfer Development Expenditures to Members of Parliament[[[[ET]
  • Punjab Bulk Transit Authority Faces Rs 500 Million in Loss[[[[ET]

Afghanistan – Security

  • Attack and Operation: A spokesman for the Afghan National Security Council said on Saturday 146 civilians have been killed and 436 were injured during the month of Ramadan, and that 523 civilians have been killed since the signing of the US-Taliban agreement in late February. Deputy Minister of Public Health Wahid Majrooh survived the attack by unidentified gunmen in the provincial capital Log-Pul-e-Alam on Saturday; no claim of responsibility was reported. Military officials in Jawzjan reportedly killed six Taliban fighters in an area air strike in the Aqacha district on Friday.[[[[TOLO][[[[TOLO][[[[TOLO][[[[TOLO][[[[Khabarnama][[[[Khaama Press]

Afghanistan – Politics and Diplomacy

  • Lebaran Cease Announced: On Saturday, the Taliban announced a unilateral three-day truce for the Idul Fitri period, starting on Sunday; Taliban fighters are directed to refrain from military operations unless attacked, and hostile with Afghan security forces. This is the first national ceasefire since a week-long period during Eid al-Fitr in June 2018. Pres. Ghani welcomed the announcement, ordering Afghan security forces to retaliate, and in television address on Sunday he said he would “take one step further than announcing a ceasefire; we will speed up the release process for Taliban prisoners.” Ghani’s spokesman said that he will free “up to” 2,000 Taliban prisoners, the Taliban spokesman Sohail Shaheen was welcomed on Monday as a “good move”. Ghani earlier this month ordered the resumption of offensive operations against the Taliban after two massive attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar, which the US has linked to the Islamic State. The announcement of the ceasefire, which came despite being rejected by the Taliban for such acts, occurred after trips to Doha and Kabul by Amb. Khalilzad last week, and a separate meeting of special representatives from Pakistan, Russia, China and Iran; Khalilzad, and the United Nations, and all other groups was welcomed truce moves. Khalilzad also reportedly has it previously participated at meetings of China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Russia on Afghanistan.[[[[Reuters][[[[WSJ][[[[TOLO][[[[TOLO][[[[TOLO][[[[Khaama Press][[[[Khabarnama][[[[Ariana News]
  • Government Agreement: Abdullah Abdullah not yet convened The new High Council for Reconciliation which he appointed as part of a compromise agreement with Pres. Ghani earlier this month; TOLO Report Abdullah focused on cabinet promises. The Guardian’s notes the absence of women leaders in the new structure formed as part of the agreement.

Afghanistan – Economy and Development

  • COVID Crisis: Until Monday, the health ministry reported 11,582 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of 31,718 tests, with at least 219 related deaths. In a resolution on Saturday, religious leaders was called in prayer leaders to limit public gatherings during Eid al-Fitr to comply with health guidelines; the interior ministry said it would impose a curfew in Kabul during Eid.[[[[TOLO][[[[Ariana News][[[[Khabarnama][[[[Khabarnama]

Afghanistan – Remnants

  • Mawlawi Qiyamuddin Kashaf, Head of the Afghanistan Ulema Council Since 2001, Died[[[[TOLO]
  • Factory Stops Operations because Business Declines[[[[TOLO]



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