The Afghan government released a group of 98 Taliban prisoners in a bid to help the process and the ongoing fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Javid Faisal, a spokesperson for the Office of National Security Council said the government released the prisoners on Saturday.
“Pursuant to President @ashrafghan’s decree, 98 Taliban prisoners were released yesterday (May 2nd) based on their age, health and length of remaining sentence as part of our efforts toward peace and battling COVID-19,” he said in a Twitter post.
This comes as efforts are underway to expedite the release of prisoners in a bid to help the peace process and subsequent launch of intra-Afghan talks in a bid to find a negotiated political settlement for the ongoing conflict.
The Taliban group had earlier claimed that the group has released of a group of 52 prisoners of the Afghan government.