The Taliban is demanding the release of 5,000 prisoners in exchange for 1,000 Afghan captives as a prerequisite for talks [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

The conditional prisoner release order announced by Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani is against the US-Taliban agreement signed in Doha last month, a spokesman for the Taliban armed group said on Wednesday.

“It is properly explained in the peace accord that first 5,000 prisoners would be freed and then the Afghan dialogue would be initiated,” Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, said.


“We never agreed to any conditional release of the prisoners. If someone claims this, it will be against the peace accord that we signed on February 29.”

The Taliban reaction comes after Ghani issued a

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