Any peace after the bombing? Angry Afghans question the feasibility of dialogue with the Taliban

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Anger sparked by a suicide bombing at a wedding party in the Afghan capital killed 63 Afghans on Sunday to question the viability of negotiating with the Taliban to drive US troops out of the country and end the war.

A suicide bomber blew himself up late on Saturday in a crowded wedding hall and officials said many of the dead were women and children and 182 people were wounded.

“Peace with whom?” Said Rada Akba in a tweet on Twitter. With those who blow up our joys, schools, universities, offices and homes? ”

“Selling this homeland and its people to these killers is disgusting and inhuman. History will not forget that.”

The Taliban has denied responsibility for the bombing of a wedding hall in western Kabul in a neighborhood of the Shiite minority and condemned it.

Islamic State militants are active in Afghanistan and have launched bloody attacks in cities, some of which have targeted Shi’ites.

Journalist Sana Safi said she had doubts about the Taliban’s denials.

“Who else is capable of committing such atrocities?” She asked.

“So the ‘peace agreement’ with the Taliban will not end the bloodshed of ordinary Afghans?”

Tawab Ghorzang, an adviser to the transport ministry, said negotiations with the Taliban had given the movement legitimacy.

“If the Taliban gains legitimacy thousands of times on the platform of peace talks, war crimes and crimes against humanity will continue,” he wrote on Facebook.

The Taliban and the United States are trying to negotiate a deal to withdraw US troops in exchange for a commitment by the Taliban to hold peace and security talks with the US-backed Afghan government.

The two sides reported progress after eight rounds of talks since late last year.

The two sides said the expected agreement was for a gradual withdrawal of US troops, with the Taliban ensuring that Afghanistan did not become a haven for militants to expand their operations and plan new attacks.

The Afghan government is not involved in the negotiations as the group refuses to talk to it because it considers it a puppet of the United States.

The Government insists that a ceasefire should be part of any agreement.

Afghan journalist Tabish Frog also questioned the Taliban’s denial of responsibility for the bombing.

“They are responsible to the Afghans,” he wrote. They have turned a country of 30 million people into a massacre … We must not give in to the terror of the Taliban. ”

The European Union mission in Afghanistan condemned the bombing and said those behind it were “enemies of humanity”.

The bombing followed a bomb blast at a mosque in Pakistan on Friday that killed four people, including the brother of Taliban leader Hibaullah Akhonzada, and wounded about 20 people.

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