Pakistan condemns terrorist attack on Afghanistan’s Vice President

Pakistan condemns terrorist attack on Afghanistan’s Vice President

Four people were killed when a roadside bomb exploded as Saleh’s convoy was crossing

Pakistan condemned a bomb attack in Kabul targeting Afghan First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who escaped with minor wounds during the morning rush hour.

Pakistan “strongly condemns the terrorist attack” on Saleh’s convoy and expressed heartfelt sympathies towards the Afghan brethren, the official statement said.

“It is a matter of relief that First VP remained unharmed,” the Foreign Office said in a tweet. “We extend heartfelt sympathies and condolences to bereaved families and pray for swift recovery of those wounded,” it added.

An assassination attempt aimed at the First Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh failed in Kabul when a roadside bomb went off as his convoy was passing by. While Saleh remained unharmed, at least four people were killed in the attack and another 16 wounded. One of the vice president’s guards was also injured. Thus far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Razwan Murad, a spokesman for Saleh’s office in a Facebook post said that the enemies of Afghanistan have tried to harm the vice president once again but have failed to achieve their target. Last year, Saleh’s office was also bombed in which 20 people were killed. Such attempts have also been made at the lives of several prominent political figures in the country.

“Today, once again the enemy of Afghanistan tried to harm Saleh, but they failed in their evil aim, and Saleh escaped the attack unharmed,” the post read.  

Critical Time for Afghan Peace

Afghanistan is going through an important phase of transition as talks with Taliban are in the final phases. Such events can lead to erosion in trust and failure of the peace process. All stakeholder must not react harshly and continue to assess the situation. The success of these peace talks should result in the end of nearly two decades of violence. It will also allow the outflow of foreign troops from the war torn country.     

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