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Kabul blast: Corps commanders reject 'unwarranted accusations' against Pakistan

09 June 2017

Underscoring the growing insecurity, a motorcycle bomb exploded near the Grand Mosque in the western city of Herat, killing seven people and wounding 16 according to the interior ministry. As people were offering funeral of one of those killed in Friday firing by police, a triple explosion at the Tapa Marshal Fahim cemetery left at least 20 people dead, raising the death toll to more than 100 people in just four days of violence.

At least 40 people were killed or injured after a massive blast struck Kabul's diplomatic quarter during morning rush hour on Wednesday, May 31.

Earlier, Afghan intelligence agencies had blamed the Taliban's Haqqani network - that is allegedly backed by Pakistani military's spy agency ISI - for the recent attacks in Kabul.

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

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.

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. "What we need is an agreement on regional security", he said.

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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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani delivers a speech Tuesday at the opening of a peace conference at the presidential palace in Kabul.

UK Ambassador Dominic Jermey said it was "an important marker for each and every country in the region to show its true support for Afghanistan's aspirations for peace".

Before the bombings and the street demonstrations, the Trump administration was discussing whether to send another 3,000-5,000 United States troops to Afghanistan, but now that will hardly be sufficient.

More than 30 of the total number of people who lost their lives in last week's truck bombing in the capital Kabul, were staffers of Afghanistan's leading private telecommunication firm, according to Anadolu Agency.

Ghani made the offer while addressing a peace conference he convened Tuesday in Kabul of regional and worldwide partners to discuss ways to end the deadly conflict in Afghanistan and boost cooperation to counter the Islamic State-led emerging regional threat of terrorism. Afghans also accuse Iran and Russian Federation of helping the Taliban.

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.

Kabul blast: Corps commanders reject 'unwarranted accusations' against Pakistan