Kunar bombing kills elder tribal leader; Afghanistan and Pakistan set up joint peace commission; Ten killed in army base bombing in eastern Afghanistan
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  • According to reports, a well known Afghan war veteran Malik Zarin has been killed along with ten others in a suicide bombing in Kunar province of Afghanistan. He was considered close to President Hamid Karzai. The attack took place when elders from two tribes were meeting to discuss the course of Afghan war.1

    Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to set up a joint peace commission to carry forward the process of reconciliation in post withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. This comes in the wake of Pakistani Prime Minister’s visit to the country. Prime Minister Gilani said that he, in consultation with President Karzai, Chairman Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani and members of the High Peace Council, had agreed to establish the two-tier Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Commission for facilitating and promoting reconciliation and peace. The first tier of commission will include the chief executives, foreign ministers along with chiefs of the military and intelligence services of the two countries while the second tier will comprise senior officials of foreign ministries, military and intelligence services.2

    In other developments, five foreign and five Afghan troops were killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan. A suicide bomber dressed as an army man attacked the base near the city of Jalalabad. The Taliban has taken responsibility of the attack.3