NSC denies role in drafting NDS-ISI deal
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) on Tuesday said it was neither responsible for finalising the text of the agreement between Afghanistan and Pakistan spy agencies nor part of the consultation process in this regard.
The NSC in a statement said the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI on intelligence cooperation, its legal status, contents and the framing process had become a hot topic these days.
Without going into details, the statement said as part of the discussions, some dubious sources had been providing misleading information to the NSC and the media.
The NSC said it was concerned that the country’s high interests were being used for personal gains and character assassination and that the NSC considered it mandatory to explain few words about the agreement in order to remove common fears.
As the government had explained, the source said, the deal with Pakistan was not final and had not been approved by the National Security Council and the parliament.
As being considered, the government leadership, public representatives and national personalities with consensus would complete the draft agreement in the stipulated five phases.
The statement said in all preparatory discussions that had taken place so far, the NSC had only and only shared its views with the organs that were responsible for drafting the agreement.
Except sharing its views with the officials concerned, the NSC office had no role in framing the agreement’s text and did not participate in the consultative process. Therefore, the NSC office could not be held responsible for preparing the agreement, it concluded.
The explanation comes a day after lawmakers claimed the deal had been signed. The Wolesi Jirga on Monday summoned the spymaster, his deputy and the national security advisor to explain their position over the NDS-ISI agreement.
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