Bomber Killed, 5 Wounded in Failed Attack in Kabul

Erika Holt
March 20, 2018

Abbasi, who was on a personal trip to see his ailing sister in the US, met Pence at the US Naval Observatory, the vice president's official residence.

The meeting that lasted for 30-minute was reportedly held on Pakistan's request where only Michael Cutrone, special adviser to Vice President Pence for South Asian Affairs, was present as a note-taker. The US intel had said that terrorist groups based in Pakistan would continue to use their sanctuaries and carry out more attacks on US forces.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi assured Mr Pence of Pakistan's "sincere commitment" to efforts for peace in Afghanistan and also underlined "Pakistan's successes" in the war against terrorism, Dawn News reported, citing the sources. The Afghan Embassy in the United States had claimed that the attack was planned by Pakistan. "The prime minister assured the USA leader that no other state wants peace in Afghanistan more than Pakistan does, as it will be a direct beneficiary of this peace", the newspaper quoted an unidentified official as saying.

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The official demanded cooperative action against terrorists from Pakistan but warned that the U.S. was prepared to take its own measures to protect its personnel in Afghanistan if Islamabad did not take action, the daily said.

Ghani's offer calls for unconditional talks accompanied by a cease-fire, recognition of the Taliban as a political party, an office in Kabul and the release of some prisoners.

The Washington Times' story alleged that Taliban terrorists from Afghanistan travel freely to a Pakistani Army garrison in Quetta where they meet with military and ISI officials.

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