Weary from decades of war, citizens marched for an end to the conflict between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
As Afghanistan's youth population continues to grow, so does discontent with the prospect of the Taliban's return to governing.
Demonstrators demanded the continuation of women's rights and achievements if the Taliban join a future Afghan government.
The Taliban will face harsh retribution for any loss of life among security personnel, Herat Provincial Governor Abdul Qayum Rahimi said.
The jirga will allow Afghans to determine limits for the government delegation that will negotiate with the Taliban.
Militants are taking revenge on villagers who co-operated with the government. Security operations are underway to retake the affected areas.
Tens of thousands of civilians have been trucked out in recent weeks from the jihadists' ever-shrinking territory in Baghouz, near Syria's border with Iraq.
The attack on the major political gathering killed three people and wounded 22 others, and aimed to stir up sectarian strife.
All five attackers were killed by security forces, said officials.
Locals united in a call for peace with a tree-planting gesture after years of violence inflicted on the country by militants.
The uptick in violence coincides with a significant increase in the number of deaths caused by the 'deliberate targeting of civilians by the Taliban and ISIS.
Afghans throughout the country celebrated Security Forces National Day, honoring the sacrifices made by the nation's defence personnel, who vowed to protect the nation and its people.