NDS confirms signing MoU with ISI
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan spy agency on Monday confirmed it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI to share intelligence against terrorists on their respective sides of the border.
National Directorate of Security (NDS) spokesman Hasibullah Siddiqui told reporters in Kabul both the intelligence agencies would share intelligence gathering, technical information and inform each other about possible security threats under the agreement.
However, he rejected reports that said the ISI would train NDS officials as part of the agreement.
“Our intelligence officials are well-known for their abilities and they need no training from abroad.”
The official said a similar agreement in 2008-9 could not yield positive results as areas of cooperation between the two spy networks remained ambiguous in the earlier agreement.
He said the recent agreement had clearly identified common areas of cooperation in the fight against terrorism, averting possible threats and exchange of intelligence information.
Siddiqui said better communication between the two spy agencies would make possible quick action against anti-state actors.
The NDS spokesman, however, said: “We hope that the ISI would standby its promises made in the agreement and continue their support in the fight against terrorism.”
Pakistan Army’s media wing head, Major General Asim Bajwa, also confirmed the signing of the MoU in a tweet late Monday night
According to the agreement, both spy agencies will identify common enemies and carry out joint operations on either side of the border.
The signing of the security agreement between the two countries comes almost a week after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief General Raheel Sharif visited Kabul.
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