Spike in violence amid talks a blatant conspiracy: Karzai


KABUL: Former President Hamid Karzai has condemned Saturday’s car bombing in Ghanikhel district of Nangarhar province, saying the dramatic increase in violence across the nation was a foreign conspiracy to shatter the intra-Afghan talks.

Karzai made these remarks in a series of tweets on Saturday following a car bomb attack in Ghanikhel district of Nangarhar that left 15 people dead and over 30 others wounded. Most of the victims were civilians.

He asked the parties into conflict to cease violence and find a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis. “I reiterate my call on both Afghan sides to stop violence and work their best for the success of the talks,” Karzai maintained.

The Afghan government and the Taliban blame each other for intensified attacks at a time when negotiations between their teams to end the decades-long war in the country are ongoing in Doha.