Kabul to Host Peace Summit after Week of Deadly Violence

Stop blaming Pakistan look into own deteriorating security Maleeha to Afghan govt
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Stop blaming Pakistan look into own deteriorating security Maleeha to Afghan govt 0

AS anger is growing in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan over utter failure of those at the helm of affairs to improve security, some elements in Afghan Government and outside, in their bid to divert attention of the people from domestic failures, have started blame game against Pakistan.

A bomb was planted in a motorbike that detonated Tuesday near the Jama Masjid, a large 12th century mosque in Herat city, police spokesman Abdul Ahid Wali Zada told Al Jazeera.

An Afghan official says explosions in Kabul have killed at least four people attending a funeral reportedly attended by government officials, including members of parliament.

Ghani warned the Taliban - which is steadily gaining ground and controls 40 percent of Afghanistan, according to USA estimates - that his government wants talks but that the olive branch will not be offered indefinitely. "Time is running out. this is the last chance: take it or face consequences".

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said neighboring Pakistan has instigated an "undeclared war of aggression" against his nation after repeated bombings in Kabul in the past week, including the deadliest attack on the capital in 16 years.

Talking about the current situation of unrest in the country, the Afghan president said that last week's Kabul truck bombing killed over 150 people, making it deadliest attack since 2001. "What we need is an agreement on regional security".

Tadamichi Yamamoto urged all members of the global community to help put an end the cycle of violence and support the foundations of a lasting peace. The Taliban have steadily expanded their reach since the US and global forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014.

Ghani also said up to 75,000 Afghans lost their lives during the last two years in the ongoing violence in the country.

However, he added that if the Taliban failed to take up the offer, Afghanistan would push for the United Nations to sanction the group as a "perpetrator and sponsor" of terror. As a result, the Kabul Process, which is inclusive as well as "Afghan-owned and Afghan-led", should be supported "sincerely and honestly" by all countries of the region, Mr. Haidari said. The Trump administration has been mulling calls to add more military personnel amid continued insurgent attacks.

"Signing mutual non-interference or anti-terror support agreements won't change anything", said Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, noting that similar accords had been signed in the past.

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