NSC rejects Abdullah spokesman’s remarks
The National Directorate of Security, the Afghan spy agency, and Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI, have recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share intelligence against terrorists on their respective sides of the border.
The agreement drew strong reactions from various political parties, civil society groups and some media outlets.
Former president Hamid Karzai has also urged his successor Ashraf Ghani to reject any deal that harms Afghanistan’s national interest.
But the NSC has said the document is yet to be signed and only its technical evaluation has been completed.
Last night, speaking at a local TV channel’s programme, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah’s spokesman Mujib Rahman claimed that changes had been made to some clauses of the agreement under pressure from their side.
But media and culture advisor at the NSC, Najibullah Manali, told Pajhwok Afghan News that no changes had been made to the deal.
He said the agreement’s technical evaluation had been completed and technical teams of Afghanistan and Pakistan had called it acceptable.
Manali said some politicians, political commentators and civil society groups were making comments on the issue without knowing the reality. He said such analysis and comments were against the national interest.
He said the claims being made by such people were baseless and the document had no mention of training NDS officials by their Pakistani counterparts, the Durand Line, questioning prisoners or joint operations against separatists.
“Since there is no separatist group in Afghanistan why would it (Afghanistan) sign a deal in this regard with Pakistan,” he asked.
Manali said Afghanistan had clearly explained its foreign policy to Pakistan and the international community. Afghanistan was in no talks with anyone on the Durand Line and Afghanistan would never allow its foreign policy to be influenced by others, he said.
He added that Afghanistan’s territorial integrity could not be a subject of discussion and Kabul did not consult Islamabad on its relationship with New Delhi.
“What discussed or agreed between the two spy agencies was first disclosed by some specific circles in Pakistan for their political gains and unfortunately the same game was played by a number of our politicians and analysts due to their lack of knowledge on the subject.”
It merits a mention here that President Ashraf Ghani consulted a number of former jihadi figures and politicians on the intelligence agreement on Thursday.
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