In a recent tweet, Javed Faisal, the Afghan National Security Council’s spokesperson said that some 900 Taliban prisoners the Afghan government has been holding are set to be freed today, May 26.
The Afghan government will release 900 Taliban as a part of efforts for the success of peace process, an extension of the ceasefire and start of the delayed intra-Afghan talks, said the NSC’s spokesman.
Intizaar Khadem, the Afghan National Security Council’s head of Peace and Protection of Civilians also confirmed the release of prisoners, saying they will be freed from the Pul-e-Charkhi’s and Bagram as well as other provinces’ jails.
The release of 900 imprisoned Taliban members comes a day after the government released at least a hundred prisoners of the group from Bagram custody based on President Ghani’s pledge and as a goodwill gesture.
Following the announcement of ceasefire by the armed Taliban, the Afghan government released a hundred of the group’s prisoners on Monday.
The Afghan government initially released as many as 1,000 Taliban prisoners but halted the process on May 11 after Taliban ramped up their attacks in the country.
After a short delay in the process of prisoner swap, the Afghan government decided to release as many as 2,000 Taliban inmates following the group’s announcement of ceasefire during the Muslims Eid holidays.
The Taliban group welcomed the announcement of releasing its 2,000 inmates by the Afghan government, saying that it is also committed to the process of prisoner swap.
As of today, some 1,100 Taliban inmates have been released by the Afghan government while a total of 250 prisoners of the government were released by the armed group.Follow TKG on Twitter & Facebook