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Foreign spies linked to top peace negotiator's murder

Foreign spies linked to top peace negotiator's murder

Sep 22, 2011 - 17:23

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): International and regional intelligence agencies along the Talibaninfo-icon, were involved in the killing of Burhanuddin Rabbani, the ex-president and High Peace Councilinfo-icon chairman, political analysts alleged on Thursday.

The Taliban who often claim responsibility for killing government officials, have been silent on the high-profile assassination. Analysts believe the silence is to avoid a regional and international outcry.

The Jamiat-i-Islamiinfo-icon leader was killed on Tuesday evening after a bomber, disguised as an insurgent emissary with an important message, detonated the explosive hidden in his turban.

Political commentator Muhammad Younus Fakoor said the Taliban would not assert responsibility for killing someone who boldly espoused the cause of peace and stability in the country.

Western and regional intelligence outfits were behind the attack, he said.

In order to avoid a harsh reaction, the militants kept their silence, Director of Afghanistaninfo-icon Centre for Research Ghulam Jilani said. A thorough investigation would help identify the killers, he thought.

"Even if the Taliban have carried out the attack, international and regional spy networks are also involved," he said.

The fighters are currently assessing reaction to the murder, according to Ahmad Saeedi, another political analyst, who lashed out at the Inter-Service Intelligence of Pakistaninfo-icon and the rebels backed by it for the assault.

"Aware of international denunciation, the Taliban will never acknowledge their involvement in such an outrage." he said.

Ex-prime minister Eng. Ahmad Shah Ahmadzai viewed the killing as a controversial matter. "There is a possibility of domestic and international circles' involvement," he added.

In a statement, the Taliban said: "Our information about the incident is still incomplete. At the moment, we could not say anything on the incident. Whatever the media says on our behalf regarding the matter is unfounded."


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