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Ghani to Allow Taliban Office if Afghan Peace Takes Root

09 June 2017, 04:22 | Bernice Figueroa

Ghani to Allow Taliban Office if Afghan Peace Takes Root

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani center and delegates stand for the national anthem during the so-called Kabul Process conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul Afghanistan Tuesday

And on Saturday, at least seven people were killed when suicide bombers tore through a row of mourners who were attending the funeral of one of the protesters, the son of an influential Afghan senator.

In a statement, the ministry said the bombing in the city of Herat, which is in the Herat province, was caused by an explosive "embedded on a motorbike".

However, at least one rocket struck an Indian diplomatic compound a few blocks away.

More than 150 people died in last week's Kabul suicide blast, President Ashraf Ghani said as he opened multi-national talks on bringing peace.

The bombing was the country's deadliest militant attack since 2001.

The incident was followed by five more deaths two days later during clashes which broke out between protesters and police at a rally, demanding the resignations of President Ashraf Ghani and Government Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah over repeated security failures.

The attack has come at a time when the Afghanistan capital is hosting an global peace meeting called the Peace Process Conference.

"Roshan can now confirm we have lost 12 Roshan staff members and 19 employees from our longstanding partner companies as a result of Wednesday's tragic explosion", a statement by the telecom firm said.


A man injured in the May 31 Kabul truck bombing that killed over 150 is carried to an ambulance.

According to presidential spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi, the Kabul Process is meant to reach a global and regional consensus for peace in Afghanistan.

In late May, Pakistan reopened a major border crossing with Afghanistan more than three weeks after several people were killed when troops from both sides exchanged fire for several hours.

"What will it take to convince Pakistan that a stable Afghanistan helps them and helps our region", Ghani was reported as saying. But after last week's deadly attacks and a Taliban announcement that any peace deal with the current government would be tantamount to surrendering to the "enemy", hopes have been dashed. All this is to say that in this backdrop when anger was boiling against Afghan high-ups, a peace moot was planned in Kabul and the USA administration was about to announce its new Afghan policy, one can easily understand whose interests these attacks have served.

Ashraf Ghani spoke at the opening of the so-called Kabul Process, a gathering of 23 nations, the European Union, the United Nations and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, meant to discuss security and political issues in the country.

Afghan authorities have said Pakistan was involved in the attack, charges denied by Islamabad.

Officials see the Kabul Process as an attempt by the Afghan government to replace other processes on reconciliation like the Moscow meetings held since December 2016, and the American-backed Murree Process in Pakistan in 2015.



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