Afghan president calls on Taliban to join peace talks

A truck bomb that struck the heart of the Afghan capital last week killed more than 150 people, the country's President Ashraf Ghani said Monday, making it one of the deadliest single attacks in the country since the 2001 USA -led invasion. "The forum also concluded that instead of blaming Pakistan, Afghanistan needs to look inward and identify the real issues", said a statement issued after the meeting. We also reminisce Pakistan lending Germany funds to help it rise from the World War II debris.

Pakistan's military earlier had blamed Afghanistan of harboring militants it said were responsible for a spate of deadly bombings across Various regions of Pakistan in February.

According to sources, the rocket landed in the volleyball court of the compound.

Afghanistan is fast moving from a failing state to a failed state, as the bombings have led to further paralysis of the economy, increased demands by the opposition and demonstrations calling for Mr Ghani's resignation.

"We have seen other attempts at peace but majority haven't been here in the Afghan capital, majority have been outside of the country", Glasse said. "It demonstrates the confidence that the worldwide community has in the government and Afghan society at large to find a common vision for countering terrorism and ensuring peace".

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday hosted the Kabul Process - a multinational peace conference, in which he explained that the objective of the conference was to defeat terrorism and ensure peace. But instead of drawing down, the United States is weighing a request to increase the number of USA troops in the country by up to 5,000, in addition to the 8,500 already deployed in advisory and support roles. Ghani said that over the past two years as many as 11,000 foreign fighters have joined the group.

The initiative has been taken by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as his administration is facing a daunting challenge to stabilise the country in the face of growing threats posed by the Afghan Taliban as well as Da'ish.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Twenty people died in that attack.

The extent of the USA role in Afghanistan has been under review by the Trump administration, which is expected to announce its strategy soon.

He said Afghanistan had offered Pakistan a vision of prosperity by linking south and central Asia through trade, investment and peaceful co-existence; however, he alleged Pakistan still believes it could sponsor and use terror as a controllable tool that can be switched on-and-off to suit its goals in the country. "One hopes this meeting today in Kabul provides more clarity from Washington", said Davood Moradian, director of the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies in Kabul. Since laying blame and not finding a solution to the problem is increasing acrimony between both the countries.

The June 3 explosions at a high-profile funeral in Kabul marked the third attack in four days to hit the Afghan capital, killing and injuring hundreds, mostly civilians.

The U.S. Embassy said in a statement that the recent attacks "underscore the need for all those who support peace to reassert their commitment to fight terrorism in all its forms".

The iconic Afghan jihadi figure returned to Kabul last month, nearly 20 years after he fled the country during its brutal civil war era. "With the current government leadership, it is nothing more than a dream".

  • Jon Douglas