Afghans around the country spent the first day of Eid al-Adha in peace as the Ministry of Interior says twelve security incidents were prevented on Sunday.
Residents of different provinces called on the Taliban to quit violence and celebrate Eid together with other Afghans in a peaceful environment.
Imams during Eid sermons encouraged the people for peace, security, tolerance, and participation in the upcoming presidential election.
“Bloodshed should stop, and peace should be established in Afghanistan,” said Khan Mohammad, a Wardak resident.
A group of Balkh residents at a rally in Mazar-e-Sharif city on the first day of Eid called on the Afghan government to accelerate the peace process.
“We want peace and we want participation in the peace process. We call on all stakeholders not to increase the price of peace,” said Freshta Tabish, a Balkh resident.
“A ceasefire should be announced so that they [militants] are not rejected by the people even if permanent peace is established in the country,” said Mohammad Asim, a military affairs analyst.
Meanwhile, the US Special Envoy in an Eid message on Twitter said he hopes this is the last Eid where Afghanistan is at war.
He said the US is working hard toward a lasting and honorable peace agreement and a sovereign Afghanistan which poses no threat to any other country.
“After so many years of conflict here in Afghanistan, we now see the prospect to make real progress toward to a settlement that will bring peace,” US Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass said in an Eid message to Afghans.
“Eid reminds us of our common humanity and our obligation to help one another whenever, and wherever we can,” he added.