Narendra Modi praised Afghanistan President bold initiatives towards peace

Vastavam web: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today praised Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s bold initiatives towards peace and expressed hope that it will be respected by all parties, referring to a ceasefire announced by the Afghan leader for Eid.Speaking at the restricted session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit here, Prime Minister Modi also promised that India will play an active role in the contact group for Afghanistan under the SCO banner.

“Afghanistan is an unfortunate example of effect of extremism and terrorism. I hope the bold initiatives towards peace taken by President Ghani will be respected by all parties,” Modi said at the summit, also attended by Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain.The ceasefire will last from the 27th of Ramadan until the fifth day of Eid-al-Fitr, President Ghani had tweeted last week, indicating it could run from June 12-19.

Responding to Ghani’s announcement, the Taliban yesterday announced the suspension of fighting for the first three days of Eid – the first ceasefire by the militant group in Afghanistan since the 2001 US invasion.This will be a first such project in the war-torn country where China, while trying to expand its influence, has tacitly backed Pakistan, which has been accused by Afghanistan and the US of backing the Taliban and its most violent attacks in the country destabilising any attempts to restore peace.