Afghan ceasefire: tribal elders do what world leaders couldn’t

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Afghan ceasefire: tribal elders do what world leaders couldn’t

The breakthrough, which will last until June 21, comes at a critical time for pupils and farmers

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Tribal elders in eastern Afghanistan have achieved something that has long eluded world leaders – a ceasefire between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

The month-long stoppage in hostilities in the Alingar district of Laghman province, one of the hardest hit by violence, was called to allow local farmers to harvest their wheat crop and pupils to sit annual examinations.

“A ceasefire has been something the world’s most powerful countries were trying to establish in Afghanistan but unfortunately couldn’t,” Jaber Alkozai, resident of Alingar, said on Wednesday...

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