Afghanistan is suffering undeclared war of aggression from Pakistan: Ghani
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 16:33
"Taliban-sponsored terrorism is creating a platform that is bringing terrorists and criminals from all over the region to Afghanistan", Mr. Ghani said, a week after more than 150 people were killed in a truck bombing in Kabul followed by another bombing at their funerals which killed seven more people.
Abdul Ahid Wali Zada, a police spokesperson, said the bomb was planted in a rickshaw that detonated near the large mosque dating from the 12th century.
The explosion killed at least 150 people and wounded more than 450.
Even as Mr. Ghani began to speak at the Kabul Process meeting, attended by 24 countries, including India, militants launched a rocket that landed inside the compound of the Indian Embassy in the diplomatic zone. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack but have denied any role in the bombing last week.
In his speech, Mr. Ghani warned the Taliban that they would not succeed in bringing down the government, and said that the aim of the so-called Kabul Process was to ensure peace with support from neighbouring countries and the worldwide community.
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.
President Ashraf Ghani stated at the opening of the meeting that the gathering will serve to start the hard process of defining a pathway that can lead to a just peace that ensures stability, security and the rule of law.
"Ministry of Interior Affairs in Herat province in the strongest terms condemns today's brutal terrorist incident", the statement reads. It is also sometimes common to blame things that go wrong in Afghanistan on Pakistan, much as disturbances in Lebanon used to get blamed regularly on Syria.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday affirmed that Taliban will not be allowed to to derail the government in the country, besides extending last chance to come into national mainstream. Ghani said that over the past two years as many as 11,000 foreign fighters have joined the group.
"The program has expanded from individual attacks to group ones", he said.
The U.S. -backed government is also struggling to combat an IS affiliate that has carried out a series of major attacks.
Representatives of 23 nations including the USA and Pakistan, as well as the EU, Nato and the UN are attending the two-day meeting, which launches what is being called the Kabul Process for Peace and Security Co-operation. Afghans also accuse Iran and Russian Federation of helping the Taliban.
"We're fighting 20 transnational terrorist groups on your behalf", Ghani said.
"This is something that the Afghans want to lead".
But some analysts were sceptical that the Kabul Process meetings would lead to peace talks.
"Afghanistan is now doing badly both in the fighting and in its civilian politics, governance, and poverty", Anthony Cordesman, a defence analyst with the Washington-based Center For Strategic and International Studies, said in a report on Monday.