Pakistan refuses to help probe Rabbani murder: NDS
KABUL (PAN): A senior National Directorate of Security (NDS) official on Tuesday accused the Pakistani government of refusing to cooperate with the investigation into the assassination of High Peace Council chairman, Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani.
The ex-president was killed on Sept. 20 as a result of a suicide attack on his house in the high-security Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic district of Kabul. Afghan officials said the murder was plotted in Quetta city of Pakistan six months back.
Ahamd Zia, the deputy spy chief, told reporters in Kabul they had found concrete evidence, showing the ISI's involvement in the plot to kill Rabbani. The evidence was shared with the Pakistani embassy in Kabul.
A six-member team of investigators was set up to visit the neighbouring country and take up the issue with Pakistani officials, Zia said. But the trip cancelled after Pakistani authorities refused to cooperate.
"The Pakistan government, seeking to keep the issue under wraps, wants to push ahead with its clandestine activities," he alleged.
Regarding NDS reaction, Zia said: "A final decision will be taken by President Hamid Karzai, who has hinted at taking the case to the United Nations Security Council."
But Pakistan's ambassador in Kabul, Mohammad Sadiq Khan, speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News, rejected as groundless Zia's remarks that his country had refused to help probe the murder.
"Let me reiterate Pakistan's willingness for all-round cooperation with the Afghan government in the investigation," he said, repudiating allegations of ISI's complicity in the murder.
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