Ghani pledges to release almost 900 prisoners in Eid address


KABUL -- President Ashraf Ghani Tuesday (June 4) pledged to release almost 900 inmates from prisons across Afghanistan.

During an address to the nation for Eid ul Fitr, Ghani said 887 inmates would be set free.

The president did not say what offences the prisoners had committed or whether they were members of the Taliban.

At the end of consultative Loya Jirga on May 3, Ghani said he would release 175 Taliban prisoners as a gesture of "goodwill".

It was not clear if those insurgent prisoners were included in the number Ghani gave on Tuesday.

Ghani had proposed a nationwide ceasefire at the start of Ramadan early last month, but the Taliban rejected the offer.

Last year, the Taliban observed a three-day ceasefire but no reduction in violence has occurred this year.

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