Afghans not ready to cut deals on peace, says Abdullah
KABUL (Pajhwok): Strongly condemning a suicide bombing in the capital of southern Helmand province, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah said peace talks were possible only with those willing to renounce violence and bloodshed.
The car suicide bombing killed seven people and injured 46 others in Lashkargah shortly after 11am, Helmand’s deputy governor Mohammad Jan Rassoulyar told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Abdullah strongly condemned the attack as the handiwork of Afghanistan’s enemies. In a statement from his office, the CEO called the bombing a “cowardly and barbaric” act.
He said the attack showed the armed opposition was not ready for peace talks. “Peace talks are only possible with those willing to shun violence and bloodshed. No one can obtain privilege with such barbaric attacks,” he said.
Dr. Abdullah said if the insurgents wanted peace, they should first stop carrying out terrorist and inhuman attacks and killing innocent people.
He said anyone trying to get advantage with such terrorist acts was mistaken. “The Afghans seek a durable and dignified peace, but they are not ready to cut a deal in return.”
The CEO said such attacks in the present circumstances did not benefit efforts to bring peace to the country. No one could reach their goal with terrorist attacks and seeking peace and continuing bloodshed could not go together.
“We still insist on peace, which we consider a long-standing demand of the Afghans, something that can ensure calm in the country and put to end brainless violence,” Abdullah said.
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