By G9ija

The Taliban have proposed a three-month ceasefire in return for the release of about 7,000 insurgent prisoners held in Afghanistan’s jails, a government negotiator involved in peace talks said on Thursday.

“It is a big demand,” Nader Nadery told reporters.

He said the insurgents also want the names of the movement’s leaders to be removed from a United Nations blacklist.

Since the withdrawal of US and other foreign troops from Afghanistan, Taliban insurgents have tightened their grip on the country, seizing towns along major routes. There have been growing concerns among Afghans that a return of the Taliban will usher in a new era of violence.