Pakistan has been under pressure from Kabul and Washington to stop offering safe havens to militants blamed for attacks in Afghanistan, a charge Islamabad denies.
Afghanistan chased down the total with five balls to spare. Mohammad Shahzad was awarded the Player of the Match.
Militant group Islamic State, which has claimed several previous attacks on Shi’ite targets, claimed responsibility, its Amaq news agency said. The Taliban issued a statement denying any connection.
India has supported the recent move of the unity government in Afghanistan for peace talks with the Taliban, saying the “irreconcilable guns” in the war-torn country need to be silenced. India has invested over $2 billion in Afghanistan since 2002.
Najib Danish, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the suicide bomber targeted a “convoy of foreigners” but did not offer further details or clarify whether it was foreign forces who were targeted or contractors.
“He is expected to take up his assignment shortly,” the ministry said in a release. Vohra has been serving as ambassador of India to Afghanistan since January 2016.
“The US strikes support Afghanistan in reassuring its neighbors that it is not a safe sanctuary for terrorists who want to carry out cross-border operations,” Afghanistan’s NATO-led mission said in a release.
Taliban militants in the camps were plotting attacks inside Afghanistan as well as aiding the militants of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement operating along the border with China and Tajikistan, a US-led coalition statement said Thursday.
It said Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi called Ghani last night to pass on his condolences but Ghani refused to take his call. Instead Ghani sent a delegation including the interior minister and the intelligence chief to Pakistan to handover evidence relating to the recent attacks.
The visit on Wednesday by Masoom Stanikzai and Wais Ahmed Barmak comes a day after Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said it handed over 27 insurgents to Afghan authorities last year, including members of the Haqqani network.
Donald Trump told reporters: “I don’t see any talking taking place. I don’t think we’re prepared to talk right now. It’s a whole different fight over there. They’re killing people left and right. Innocent people are being killed left and right.”
Pakistan, which denies accusations that it fosters the Afghan war to undermine old rival India’s growing influence there, condemned the attack and called for “concerted efforts and effective cooperation … to eradicate the scourge of terrorism”.
Kabul blast: The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, a week after they claimed the attack on the International Hotel in which more than 20 people were killed.
Five gunmen dressed in army uniforms made their way through two checkpoints before getting in to the hilltop Hotel Intercontinental on the weekend, killing at least 20 people, including 13 foreigners.
Kabul attack highlights: The Intercontinental Hotel was previously attacked by Taliban fighters in 2011. Located on a hilltop, the hotel is heavily protected like most public buildings in Kabul.