The Taliban group reacted to release of at least 300 prisoners of the group, calling the current pace of prisoners release as inadequate to help the launch of intra-Afghan talks.

“In the last 3 days, our 300 prisoners were released from the Kbl Adm. prisons which we welcome,” Suhail Shaheen, a spokesperso for the political office of Taliban said in a Twitter post.

Shaheen further added “However, it is not enough—the process should be expedited so the prisoners be saved from the Coronavirus and the way be paved for an earliest inception of intra-Afghan negotiations.”

The Office of the National Security Council on Monday announced that the government released the 98 Taliban prisoners from Pul-e Charkhi prison on Sunday evening.

The statement further added that the government took into consideration the health condition, age and remaining prison term of the inmates as well as the ongoing efforts aimed at supporting the peace process and countering the spread of coronavirus.

With the release of 98 more inmates, the Afghan government has so far released 748 Taliban prisoners from the jails, the Office of the National Security council added.

Javid Faisal, a spokesperson for the Office of National Security Council had earlier said the government released 98 Taliban prisoners from jail on Saturday.


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