Ghani to release 400 Taliban prisoners

Ghani to sign decree, releasing 400 Taliban prisoners

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, speaking at closing of the three-day Consultative Loya-Jirga, today, Sunday, August 09, announced that he would sign a decree to release 400 Taliban prisoners, whose fates were pending for their involvement in “serious crime”.

The statement comes after the Consultative Loya Jirga, with a nearly 3,000 delegates including Afghan MPs, Senators and members of provincial councils, passed a 25-articled resolution, calling for release of the remaining 400 Taliban prisoners. The resolution also urges for an immediate truce and a lasting peace in Afghanistan. Article no five of the resolution calls on the international community, in particular the United States, to remain firm to the commitments they have made for Afghan peace process and people of Afghanistan.

President Ghani vowed that he would act upon Jirga’s resolution, which according to him, represents the wish and will of people in Afghanistan. He also promised to release those Afghan security forces, who were detained on charges of duty negligence.   

The Consultative Loya Jirga on Afghan peace process urged the international community to preclude foreign intrusions which destabilize Afghanistan and undermine peace and security in the country.

The hard gains Afghanistan has achieved over last 19 years should be protected, the Jirga demanded, urging that democracy, minority rights and basic rights of citizens must not be compromised in peace talks with the Taliban.