Pak Army takes exception to accusations, threats after Kabul attacks

Pak Army takes exception to accusations, threats after Kabul attacks

The police spokesman confirmed the bomb was planted in a motorbike that detonated Tuesday near the 12th century mosque, also called the Jama Masjid of Herat.

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. His government has claimed that the suicide bombers who attacked a funeral attended by high-level government officials Saturday were financed and trained in Pakistan, charges that Pakistan has denied.

An worldwide peace conference began in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday with a minute-long silence in remembrance of terror victims as the death toll in last week's truck bombing rose sharply to 150.

The protesters, holding a sit-in for a fourth day Monday near the bombing site, have demanded the resignation of Afghanistan's security chiefs, including national security advisor Hanif Atmar.

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.

Built on a US-brokered agreement between the former rivals Ghani and Abdullah after the disputed election of 2014, the partners in Afghanistan's National Unity government have been at odds since the start.

At least 300 people, including women and children, were injured in the explosion, Ghani said while speaking at the Kabul Process meeting. The two nations have also engaged in cross-border clashes this year.

"What will it take to convince Pakistan that a stable Afghanistan helps them and helps our region", Ghani said.

Ashraf Ghani provided the updated toll on Tuesday in remarks to the Kabul Process, an worldwide gathering focused on security and political issues.

The Trump administration and military commanders are debating whether to send up to 5,000 more troops to stem the government's losses.

Ghani made the offer while addressing a peace conference he convened Tuesday in Kabul of regional and global 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. He again invited the Taliban to peace talks, calling it their "last chance" to give up their 16-year insurgency and join the political process.

"We are offering a chance for peace, but this is not an open-ended offer", Ghani said. He spoke at an worldwide peace conference Tuesday in the Afghan capital.

In the last two years, 11,000 foreign fighters have arrived in Afghanistan to fight for Islamic State, he said, while more than 75,000 Afghans have been killed or wounded in 2015 and 2016.

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