The Afghan government and the Taliban have begun negotiations to release each other’s prisoners. Details of the initial meeting in this regard before the second meeting were revealed on Wednesday. The talks are taking place at a time when the Afghan government has imposed strict restrictions on the movement of citizens in view of the threat of the Corona virus.
Under the agreement between the United States and the Taliban in Doha, the Afghan government will release 5,000 Taliban prisoners, while in return the Taliban will release 1,000 prisoners of Afghan security forces. These talks are taking place in the background of violent acts in the country. Afghan authorities Wednesday blamed the Taliban for the bombing in the country’s southern province of Helmand, which killed eight people. The highest number of deaths are children
Under the February 29 agreement between the United States and the Taliban, prisoners were to be released from prison by the beginning of March, but there were several obstacles. Until Wednesday, the two met through video conference only.
When the talks were going to take place the next day on Wednesday, a statement from the Afghan government’s National Security Committee said the technical aspects were still being considered in these meetings.
The talks are being chaired by the International Committee of the Red Cross. According to the Red Cross, the release of prisoners from both sides was the main point in these talks.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP that the meeting was not aimed at negotiations, they did not include political talks.
Pakistan’s reaction to Afghan government and Taliban talks
Foreign Ministry spokesman Aisha Farooqi said in a statement that Pakistan welcomes the recent announcement by the Afghan leadership about the formation of a negotiation team, which will pave the way for a dialogue process between Afghan factions.
According to the spokesman, Pakistan considers it a very important step, a commitment by the Afghan leadership to prioritize peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
He said the US-Taliban peace treaty provided a landmark opportunity for the establishment of lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan, achieving the goals of resolving conflicts, avoiding accusations and working unitedly in the best interests of the country. Can be done.
There are currently 200 cases of Cod-19 virus in Afghanistan. The majority of people diagnosed with the Corona virus are found in western Herat province. So far there have been four deaths from the virus. Testing is not done in large parts of the country yet.
Citizens have been banned in Herat and Kabul to prevent the spread of the virus. There have also been reports of chaos and shortage of goods in the country.