The death toll from a truck-bomb explosion in Kabul last week has reached more than 150 people, President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday, making it the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001.
President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said the Afghan government was ready to allow the Taliban to open an office in Kabul, but made it clear that this was the last chance for the rebels to join peace talks.
In the wake of the latest bloody spate of violence in the country, a number of lawmakers and analysts believe there is a dire need for a Loya Jirga in order to steer the country out of the current crisis, reasoning that it is not only a good way out of the current quandary, but it also can decide about the legitimacy of the government.
The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) has urged support for the current government to end the ongoing war, saying change should come through ballot, not through the use of force by certain individuals.
"Today, Kabul looks like the city of the dead," Mohammed Asif Yousufi says solemnly from the photography studio he owns on the outskirts of the Afghan capital.
The United Nations envoy on Saturday called for urgent measures to stop cycle of violence in Afghanistan after over a hundred people were killed in separate incidents in Kabul over the last few days.
People and most politicians in Afghanistan are now in the belief that the vague stance and wrong policies of the United States are one major factor of the ongoing crisis in the country, thereby requiring the National Unity Government (NUG) to ask the US for explanation about its presence here, but if it is not ready to do so, the government, as a representative and responsible dispensation, should share the facts with the nation.
After several people were killed in post-attack protest in Kabul on Friday, the United States on Saturday said that political elements used the event to spark violence.