Islamabad rejects Kabul allegations about parliament attack
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan strongly rejected “baseless allegations” carried by a media section quoting spokesman of National Directorate of Security (NDS) alleging Pakistan’s involvement in recent attack on Afghan parliament, a statement said on Friday.
A statement from the Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “The allegations fall within the familiar pattern of certain spoilers whose objective is to disrupt the improving relations between the two brotherly nations.”
Earlier on Wednesday, the Afghan spy service alleged the Monday’s group suicide attack on the parliament was carried out by the Haqqani Network in line with a plan designed by an Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) officer.
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) spokesman, Hasib Siddiqui, told Pajhwok Afghan News the attack had been jointly designed by Maulvi Sherin, the Haqqani Network’s operational commander, and the ISI officer, Bilal, in the Board area of Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The statement from Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that “we are sure that neither the Afghan people nor the international community would be misled by these motivated allegations.”
Pakistan, it said had always supported strong and sustainable democratic system in Afghanistan and condemned all cowardly acts of terrorism.
It said that Pakistani reiterated its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. “We reaffirm our resolve to fight terrorism in close coordination with the government of Afghanistan,” the statement concluded.
The NDS spokesman said that Bilal hailing from the Zakhil tribe maintained close and direct links with militants in the Tirah valley of Khyber Agency. The NDS official added 7.5 million Pakistani rupees had been set aside for the attack on the Afghan parliament.
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