Ashraf Ghani again invites Taliban for dialogues
KABUL (92 News) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has on Tuesday while once again inviting Taliban for dialogues declared Pakistan responsible for their issues.
Representatives of 23 nations including the US 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.
The meeting comes amid a downturn in the security situation.
Speaking at the start of the Kabul Process peace meeting in the capital on Tuesday, he strongly criticized Pakistan and said that his country wants better ties with Pakistan and they want a positive response from the neighboring country.
Ghani said that Taliban will not be able to weaken Afghan government, adding that they have prepared a four-year security plan to improve the country’s security and work is underway to bring reforms in the police.
He also admitted the increasing corruption and lack of good governance in the country.
Afghan President said that the number of foreign fighters during the past two years has increased more than 11000.
President Ashraf Ghani said that more than 150 people died in last week’s Kabul suicide blast as he opened multi-national talks on bringing peace.
Previous estimates said 90 people were killed in the bombing, the country’s deadliest militant attack since 2001. He told the meeting it was time for the Taliban to embrace peace or “face the consequences”.
Earlier, the bomb attack in Kabul was the deadliest in the capital since the Taliban were driven from power by US-led forces in 2001. It sparked anti-government protests in which four people were killed, as police used tear gas and fired bullets into the air to keep crowds at bay.
Three suicide bombers then attacked the funeral at the weekend of one of those killed in the protests, killing at least seven people.