PM Khan condemns terrorist attack near Afghan presidential palace on Eid

  • Imran Khan says 'cowardly strikes carried out on the occasion of a religious festival reflected the defeatist mindset'

ISLAMABAD – Newly-elected Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday condemned a militant attack near the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.

In a statement, he said the cowardly strikes carried out on the occasion of a religious festival reflected the defeatist mindset [of the terrorists].

Pakistan stands along with the international community to eliminate the menace of terrorism, Khan said.

The Pakistan Foreign Office also condemned the attack and urged all parties to respond to Afghan government’s offer for a ceasefire.

“Pakistan condemns rocket attacks on Kabul close to the presidential palace during Eid prayers and urges all parties to respond to the Afghan Government’s ceasefire offer,” Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal tweeted.

The assault, which took place near the presidential palace and a mosque, came as President Ashraf Ghani was making a speech marking the first day of the Eid-ul-Azha holiday.

Two hurt as multiple rockets land near presidential palace in Kabul

Initial reports indicate the rockets were fired at the Presidential Palace and around the Green Zone, hurting two people, who were rushed to the hospital.

Two of the militants have been killed by security forces in the ongoing clashes, reported local media.

“There are groups that continuing the violence and with the firing of rockets they cannot stop the people of Afghanistan’s development,” Ghani said in response to rocket attacks, apparently aimed at him.

The attack comes as the Taliban rejected a ceasefire offer from the Afghan government on Monday, saying they would continue with their attacks.