Taliban: Afghan to Release 7000 Prisoners


The Afghan government to exchange 7,000 Taliban prisoners to achieve Three months cease-fire.

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On Thursday, in a peace negotiation between the Afghan government and the Taliban, the Taliban have to make a big offer to remove their leaders’ names from the United Nations blacklist and to release around 7000 Taliban insurgent prisoners ” It is a big demand” Nader Nadery a member of the peace talks said.

A spokesman for the Taliban said he was only aware of the suggestion of a ceasefire and it’s because of the forthcoming Eid al-Adha holiday.

However, a Pakistan’s ministry had confirmed that the Taliban have controlled the Spin Boldak crossing on Thursday.

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“They have taken control of Spin Boldak border crossing,” said ministry spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri.

On Wednesday, after the Taliban raised their flags above the town, Pakistan officials had closed the border.

“An unruly mob of about 400 people tried to cross the gate forcefully. They threw stones, which forced us to use tear gas,” said a security official on the Pakistan side.

He also added that on Wednesday around 1500 people gathered at the border waiting to cross.

The situation was now under control affirm Jumadad Khan, a senior government official in Chaman.

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An Afghan Taliban source told AFP that “We are talking to Pakistani authorities. A formal meeting to open the border is scheduled for today, and hopefully, it will open in a day or two,”

Also, Pakistani border officials told AFP that the border would open Friday.

The crossing provides direct access to Pakistan’s Balochistan province — where the Taliban’s top leadership has been based for decades with an unknown number of reserve fighters who regularly enter Afghanistan to help bolster their ranks.

“The bazaar is closed and traders are scared that the situation will turn bad,” Mohammad Rasoul, a trader in Spin Boldak, told AFP by phone.

Because the traders fear that their products will be looted. There are scores of opportunists waiting to loot.

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“A ceasefire now would effectively prohibit ANDSF from retaking the crucial border points which Taliban have captured recently,” Muska Dastageer, a lecturer at the American University of Afghanistan tweeted, referring to Afghan forces.

She added by saying “I think the timing of this ceasefire offer has more to do with their wish to consolidate power over these areas.”

Similarly, one Kabul resident had made clear that the Taliban could not be trusted.

Ahmad Jawed told AFP that “Last year the government released 5,000 Taliban prisoners but their release did not bring peace, instead most of them are now fighting government forces.”

He added “Now they are asking for 7,000 prisoners to be released. That is a big number.”

In conclusion, the tremendous attack on Afghan by the Taliban suggested that the insurgents are now set on a military victory.


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