Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

No military solution in Afghanistan, UN chief says on Kabul visit

No military solution in Afghanistan, UN chief says on Kabul visit

The office of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said China had offered to mediate between Pakistan and Afghanistan and help organise a meeting so that the two countries can improve their relations.

A man and his two sons were killed at their home in Ghani Khel, a district in the south of Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, said Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

Pakistan's ties with Afghanistan were severed when a deadly blast in Kabul on May 31 killed 150 people, making it one of the deadliest attacks in the Afghan capital since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001.

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The Taliban's second in command and head of the militant Haqqani network is denying any involvement in recent deadly attacks in Kabul and western Afghanistan.

Azad said Kabul had gathered evidence that Pakistan was supporting insurgency and had shared this with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the US Congress and other organisations.

In May, a World Bank report said economic growth in the country was likely to pick up this year but not enough to provide jobs needed by its growing population. It is important now that the people of Afghanistan do not allow themselves to be incited and divided by such attacks and that the Afghan Government takes united and resolute action. He condemned the suicide truck bombing in Kabul on May 31, which was followed by more suicide attacks during a funeral and a bombing near a mosque in Herat province. An Islamic State affiliate has meanwhile emerged and carried out several large attacks in the country. More than 300 other were wounded in the bombing. Pakistan officially has dismissed allegations that Taliban insurgents are using Pakistani soil for orchestrating the violence.

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