KABUL, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday called on the Taliban outfit to halt fighting and observe ceasefire during the month of Ramadan, the religious fasting month, to bolster peace process.
"Once again I am calling upon the Taliban to give up fighting, enmity and observe permanent ceasefire which is the demand of the people of Afghanistan," Ghani said in his message to mark the start of Ramadan broadcast by local television channels.
The Afghan president made the remarks amid efforts to hold a peace conference on Afghanistan under UN auspices in Turkey.
The Taliban group has to prove its willingness for achieving peace in action and not in word, the president said.
Afghans observe Ramadan from Tuesday during which Muslims avoid eating and drinking from dawn to dusk for the whole month.
Afghan religious scholars have also called on the warring sides including the Taliban group to observe truce during the holy month of Ramadan.