Afghans call for ceasefire in holy month of Ramadan

A Loya Jirga ‘Grand Assembly’ in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, aimed at forming a national negotiating position for possible peace talks with the Taliban, was concluded on Friday with calls for a permanent ceasefire. The four-day assembly, which drew some 3,200 delegates from across the country, ended a day behind schedule with a 23-point resolution calling for an immediate and permanent ceasefire at the start of Ramadan.
Ramadan is likely to begin on Monday May 6, with Muslims worldwide set to fast for a month. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, who attended the closing ceremony, said his government would heed the call, but the Taliban would have to agree as well for it to be implemented. “A ceasefire is not one-sided; if the Taliban are ready, we can talk about the details of it,” he said. President Ghani added that as a gesture of goodwill, 175 Taliban prisoners would be released. He called on the militant group to send representatives to receive the prisoners.
Meanwhile, the more than 3,200 delegates who met in the capital city of Kabul to discuss the future of Afghanistan hailed from all regions of the country. President Ghani had expressed his hope for a strong mandate for peace talks with the Taliban at the beginning of the four-day meeting.
Based on the socio-political studies, cease-fires can create something like a virtuous cycle, making future parties more likely. Each one has a better chance of lasting longer, discouraging violations, isolating bad actors and building trust among adversaries. Based on these studies, this cycle is not always as visible or politically urgent as the question of who is fighting where on a particular day. But, over time, it can shift the participants’ calculus in ways that build conditions for peace. 
Decades of war and conflict has made the people suspicious about any positive impacts or outcomes of ceasefires in the country. There have been numerous failed attempts by the Afghan governments during the four last decades to bring the insurgents groups to the negotiations table, but they have always failed to come to a lasting peace in the country.
People of Afghanistan welcome any steps leading to peace, security and peaceful relations with any world nations, but no one seems optimistic because of the past 17 years of painful experience and thinking that peace in Afghanistan is a complex issue involving contrasting actors with different agendas.
Therefore, people are extremely tired and wish for a permanent solution to end the hatreds and start love and friendship. On the other hand, if the righteous demand of people continued to be ignored, one day, they themselves will proceed to put an end to the endless play but that would be too costly for all warring sides.
If the Taliban accept Jirga’s call for ceasefire during the holy month of Ramadan, then the deeper co-operation between the National Unity Government (NUG) and the Taliban insurgents can be expected. If this happens, the ceasefire will save lives. But it may also kill the rebels’ dreams of overthrowing the Afghan government supported by the Afghan citizens and its international allies.
Afghans suffering the brunt of war since four decades and have given much sacrifices in war on terror. It is hoped the group accept Afghans call and at least provide a safe and sound environment for the citizens during the only month of Ramadan, which is the month of blessing and prayers.

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