The Taliban, however, wants to seal a peace agreement with the United States on the complete withdrawal of US and NATO-led coalition forces from the country before entering into negotiations with Afghan stakeholders to discuss a permanent settlement to the 18-year-old war, America's longest.
The report added that not only is MTN accused of paying money to the Taliban, it also allegedly deactivated its cellular network at night at the Taliban's request. The U.S. now has an estimated 12,000 troops in Afghanistan.
It is pertinent to mention that earlier this month, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad had announced that they were taking a "brief pause" from negotiations with the Afghan Taliban after an attack near the Bagram airbase.
The Taliban say the ruling council has agreed to a temporary cease-fire nationwide, without saying when it would begin.
In a shareholder notice on Monday morning, MTN said it is reviewing the details of the report and consulting with its advisers.
The duration of the ceasefire was not specified but it is being suggested it would last for 10 days. Trump made the comment after the Taliban claimed responsibility in September for a terrorist attack in Kabul, the nation's capital. Another six Afghan troops were killed in the same province Thursday in an attack on an army base.
According to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the lawsuit, the companies named in the lawsuit include a host of U.S. government contractors, including two top contractors for the U.S. Agency for International Developments.
On Monday, a U.S. soldier was killed in combat in the northern Kunduz province.
The war in Afghanistan, now 18 years old, came under increased scrutiny after the Washington Post published a trove of documents it dubbed the "Afganistan Papers". He claimed his forces blew up an American vehicle in Kunduz province on Sunday with an improvised explosive device, killing one American and wounding another along with an Afghan commando.