DOHA (Sputnik) – The Taliban’s Islamic movement* has released 225 imprisoned Afghan army soldiers on the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, a spokesman for the movement’s political bureau said.
“In accordance with the orders of the leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, 225 soldiers of the Kabul government have been released on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha holiday and sent home. All have received money to go home and cover relevant costs,” said Mohammad Naeem at the end of Wednesday.
He added that 80 soldiers had been released on the first day of the holiday and 145 on the second day.
The situation in Afghanistan is escalating with the continued withdrawal of US troops from the country, threatening the return of the Taliban to power.
Earlier in the day, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reprimanded the Taliban for refusing to sign a peace deal with the government to stem the mounting violence in the country.
Despite the government’s release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners in accordance with last year’s peace agreement, the president deplored the fact that the insurgent group is not yet ready for substantive negotiations.
However, a spokesman for the movement’s political bureau, Mohammad Naeem, told Sputnik that last week’s talks in Doha with the Afghan government were a “positive” development for the Taliban, who hope to resolve their differences through discussion.
*Taliban, a terrorist group banned in Russia and some other countries.