The Loya Jirga has finally passed the resolution after three days as thousands of renowned Afghan people have supported the release of the remaining 400 Taliban prisoners.
The remaining 400 Taliban prisoners, including many who were involved in attacks, are likely to be released amid the Loya Jirga. The resolution supporting the release of the prisoners could potentially lead to peaceful negotiations between the Taliban, representatives of the Afghan government, and other stakeholders in Afghan society.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had called for a meeting, declaring that he did not have the right to release the inmates under Afghanistan’s constitution because they had committed crimes.
Loya Jirga member Atefa Tayeb announced at the gathering in Kabul on August 9. He said, “In order to remove the hurdles for the start of peace talks, stopping the bloodshed, and for the good of the public, the Loya Jirga approves the release of 400 prisoners as demanded by the Taliban”.
Abdullah had said that peace negotiations can begin three days after the release of prisoners.
Thousands of Afghan elders, community leaders, and politicians had gathered on 7th August in Kabul to discuss the fate of the prisoners, the last hurdle to opening peace negotiations between Afghanistan and Taliban.
A grand assembly, Loya Jirga, was organized in Kabul.
President Ashraf Ghani had opened the Jirga and said that according to the constitution, “the release of these 400 prisoners is not within the authority of the president of Afghanistan…these 400 people have serious cases.”