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Foreign hand seen behind Kabul, Jalalabad attacks

Foreign hand seen behind Kabul, Jalalabad attacks

Feb 20, 2011 - 19:27

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): Kabul-based political analysts see the involvement of Pakistani and Iranian intelligence agencies in attacks on business centres in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

A major business centre was attacked in Kabul on Feb. 11 and a private bank stormed by the Talibaninfo-icon insurgents in Jalalabad, capital of eastern Nangarhar province, on Saturday.

"Intelligence agencies of Iran and Pakistaninfo-icon have hand in these assaults," political analyst, Nasrullah Stanikzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Recent trade agreements between Afghanistan and other countries, including Russia, would affect relations with Pakistan and Iran.

The neighbours were using "terrorists" to scare away foreign investors and weaken Afghanistan economically, he added.

Iran recently blocked oil supplies to the landlocked country but then allowed hundreds of Afghanistan-bound tankers to cross the border after Afghan traders and government approached other countries for imports, the analyst said.

Pakistan had also stopped 4,000 containers of goods belonging to Afghan traders at the Karachi port. A landmark transit trade agreement between the two countries was delayed for months as part of a conspiracy, he believed.

Another political observer, Yunis Fikor, also claimed that neighbouring countries were behind the attacks in Kabul and Jalalabad. The neighbours wanted to prove that there was no security in Afghanistan despite the presence of troops from 48 countries.

Since the militants were unable to target military bases, they had resorted to attacks on private businesses, he said. "The armed opposition spared no effort to put pressure on the Afghan government and its allies."

Ahmad Waheed Muzdha, another political analyst, said the militants wanted to dispel the impression that they had no ability to launch winter attacks.

But the Taliban say they targeted foreign and local security forces in the attacks in Kabul and Jalalabad.



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