Jalalabad blast kills 19
President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani has said an agreement has been made with Pakistan, in writing, to combat terrorism, reported Tolo News.
Addressing an event in Kabul, the president announced that achievements had been made with Pakistan on finding a solution to the Taliban problem in Afghanistan.
“The issue of Taliban should be solved in our relations with Pakistan. Some things have been done in this respect and some things are still needed to be done. It has been agreed on paper for the first time. The Afghanistan-Pakistan negotiations framework is now on paper. Now, serious actions are required,” he said.“We should clearly agree on this, on how we will work with each other in the future and how we will prevent other movements,” he added.
Ghani also revealed ‘improvements’ in countering terrorism. “We should clearly agree on this, on how we will work with each other in the future and how we will prevent other movements.”Although the Afghan president did not clarify on details of the written agreement, the two countries recently agreed on key principles to operationalise the working groups for counter-terrorism during in a meeting between former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Ghani held under Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity.
In Jalalabad, an explosion killed at least 19 people and wounded 20 and sending a plume of smoke into the sky, witnesses and provincial government officials said.
The blast, hours after President Ashraf Ghani had opened a hospital in Jalalabad, damaged shops and buildings around Mukhaberat square in the city, said governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani.
Ghulam Sanayi Stanekzai, police chief of Nangarhar said the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber who targeted a vehicle carrying members of the Sikh minority who were travelling to meet the president.