Special circles in Pakistan army behind Kabul attacks: NDS
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan spy service on Wednesday alleged some special circles within the Pakistani military were involved in recent terrorist attacks on capital Kabul carried out through the Haqqani Network.
In the past few days, attacks on a police academy, the Kabul Airport, Qasaba locality, and a powerful explosion in Shah Shaheed locality reportedly killed 50 people and wounded 500 more.
The Shah Shaheed incident -- dubbed as one of the bloodiest attacks in recent years – left more than 15 people dead and 400 more wounded.
Abdul Hasib Seddiqi, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) spokesman, told journalists in Kabul the explosives used in the attack in Qasaba locality were not ordinary chemicals but those only possessed by governments.
He said after the death of Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Omar, the Pakistani authorities promised with Afghan officials that they would not allow any gatherings of the Taliban on the Pakistani soil to name Omar’s successor, but they did not honour their promises.
“The war has many dimensions. It’s not an intra-Afghan war because it has been proved that no Afghan is leading the Taliban but some Pakistani military officers. A phenomenon called Talib is not from Afghanistan, but a tool the Pakistani military uses as a proxy against security of Afghanistan,” Seddiqi added.
“After Omar’s death surfaced, differences emerged in the insurgency and every Talib is asking today that who hid his death --- Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour or the Pakistanis?” he continued.
Referring to the recent deadly attacks in Kabul, Seddiqi said the enemy wanted to make its existence felt and remove distrust among its ranks.
He said the Taliban’s offensive codenamed Azm was aimed at gaining ground at this side of the Durand line, but they had failed to do so.
According to Seddiqi, 548 insurgents have been detained during the past three months, when 16,900 kilograms of explosives and many weapons were seized.
Some 50 insurgents joined the reconciliation process and 40 kidnappers were detained during the period, he concluded.
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