WJ asks president to revoke ISI agreement
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday considered signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the mainstream intelligence agencies of Pakistan and Afghanistan against “national interest and asked the president to revoke the deal.”
Earlier, the Afghan spy agency confirmed signing MoU with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI to share intelligence against terrorists on their respective sides of the border.
Hasibullah Siddiqui, the spokesman of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), told reporters in Kabul both intelligence agencies would share intelligence gathering, technical information and inform each other about possible security threats under.
He said a similar agreement signed in 2008-09 could not yield positive results as areas of cooperation between the two spy networks remained ambiguous in the earlier agreements.
He said the recent deal had clearly identified common areas of cooperation in the fight against terrorism, averting possible threats and exchange of intelligence information.
Zahir Saadat, a lawmaker from Panjsher province, said with signing of this agreement Pakistan tried to cover up its anti-Afghanistan propaganda. He predicted the agreement would have no positive outcome for Afghanistan except miseries.
Another lawmaker Shukria Barakzai strongly criticised the MoU and demanded revoking of the agreement immediately. She said signing such agreement meant Afghanistan recognized the Durand Line as legal border between the two countries.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrihim said Afghanistan suffered the most due to Pakistan’s hidden policies and middling in Afghan affairs. He said Pakistan was solely responsible for killing of innocent Afghans in bombing and other incidents of violence.
“The agreement is not in the interest of Afghanistan. It will not end the ongoing wave of violence in Afghanistan,” the speaker noted.
Earlier, Ajmal Obaid Abidy, presidential spokesman had said: “The agreement was not something new between Pakistan and Afghanistan. In the past also, both the agencies had such agreements. Now the major focus of the agreement is on fighting terrorism.”
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