ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has condemned the attack on a ‘political gathering’ in Dasht-e-Barchi Kabul, and said it stands with the people of Afghanistan in their resolve to defeat extremism and terrorism.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Mohammad Faisal tweeted, “Pakistan condemns reported rocket attack near a political gathering in Afghanistan that has led to injuries to many people. Further details are coming in. Pakistan stands with the people of Afghanistan in their resolve to defeat extremism and terrorism.”
The incident comes as US and Taliban negotiations continue to hold peace talks in Qatar aimed at ending the nearly 18-year conflict.
The last major attack in Kabul occurred in January when the Taliban-claimed responsibility for a car bomb that struck the heavily fortified Green Village foreign compound.
Heavy snowfall across large swathes of Afghanistan has led to a reduction in violence this winter, but warmer weather in the country’s south will likely spark an increase in bloodshed with the arrival of the spring fighting season.
Analysts have warned that Taliban are likely to ramp up attacks in the coming months as they seek to maintain momentum on the battlefield and leverage at the negotiating table.