Rabbani assassination: Pakistan rejects Afghan allegations

Published: October 5, 2011

Sadiq says he neither refused to help nor complained about media leaks. PHOTO: EPA/FILE

KABUL: Amid escalating tensions between Islamabad and Kabul, Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan on Tuesday refuted allegations made by a top Afghan intelligence official that Pakistan has refused to cooperate with a probe into the assassination of top Afghan peacemaker Burhanuddin Rabbani.

Mohammad Sadiq said a letter he wrote to investigators promised to help. Sadiq told Reuters that he had neither refused to help nor complained about media leaks.

“There is a clear misunderstanding, we sent a letter to the commission set up to investigate Professor Rabbani’s killing and reaffirmed our cooperation. We never said that we are not cooperating,” he said in a telephone interview.

Furthermore, Pakistan’s foreign ministry also rejected the Afghan allegations. “We completely reject, this is not true,” spokeswoman Tehmina Janjua told AFP. “Pakistan stands by its commitment to help Afghanistan in investigating Rabbani’s killings,” she said.

Janjua said Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had himself offered cooperation in the investigation, when he visited Kabul to offer his condolences over Rabbani’s assassination.

Zia, deputy head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), told a news conference in Kabul that Pakistan’s embassy had contacted the intelligence agency to complain after details of the investigation appeared in the media.  “We are not able to cooperate because Professor Rabbani’s assassination case has been leaked to the media,” Zia quoted the letter from the Pakistan embassy as saying.

Despite having been given evidence, including pictures of the perpetrators, the Pakistan embassy made excuses and refused to help, Zia said. He also added that Afghan investigators wanted to meet the head of ISI Lt Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha, “but they didn’t show any interest.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 5th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Babloo
    Oct 4, 2011 - 10:49PM

    Is this the latest statement today from the “ministry of allegation rejection” ?

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  • Faiz
    Oct 4, 2011 - 10:51PM

    Slap on Indian and US supporters who are reading Express Tribune and against of Pakistan.

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  • Diggvijay Singh
    Oct 4, 2011 - 10:53PM

    This should allay all the concerns of the Afghans. It is well-known from the study of history that after making a commitment Pakistan doesn’t even listen to itself.

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  • Roflcopter
    Oct 4, 2011 - 10:56PM

    Now it’s clear Afghan Intelligence is spreading lies in the media.

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  • Aamir
    Oct 4, 2011 - 11:04PM

    This is an easy job, just show up and deny everything. Then go home and sleep.

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  • Grace
    Oct 5, 2011 - 12:38AM

    Afghanis and Afghanistan do not even merit a response, they blame Pakistan! We need to just seal our border from these thankless people and let them work deal their Indian masters alone.Recommend

  • fahim
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:18AM

    Instead of blaming others, tell me, how many commitments have we ever fulfilled? In 60s balochistan? In 70s bangaldesh, In 80s Afghanistan, in 90s with Iran, in 00s with US and India.. our history is full of commitments which were lies. Forget rabbani or others, we cannot even be committed to protect people here, or punish the guilty. No one in the world, even China doesnt believe in our “commitments”.

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  • Mirza
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:26AM

    This is as reliable as the 10 years chorus that OBL is not in Pakistan. The world fully knows the facts.

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  • meekal ahmed
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:34AM

    Does the FO (what an apt abbreviation) expect us to belive this drivel?

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  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:34AM

    Most thankless nation on this planet. In fact they always lived “parasitic life” a dependable life, and the world’s body has everything to provide these hypocrite nation till doomsday.Shame on these people never ever showed their loyalty to Pakistan even when Pakistan saved them from being converted into a communist nation.They need to be taught a few lessons.

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  • Tariq Nadeem
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:52AM

    @Grace:
    Our leaders have no shame no pride nothing, they are dead souless people who still have some expectation from the worlds biggest pakistan haters ..the afghans, they should all be kicked out of our country.

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  • Tariq Nadeem
    Oct 5, 2011 - 2:16AM

    Lies against pakistAn in full swing by afghani india agents of hindus

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  • Pundit
    Oct 5, 2011 - 2:53AM

    We Indians know what Pakistani cooperation in terror investigations mean! Precisely nothing !

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  • Pundit
    Oct 5, 2011 - 3:02AM

    the ” so called evidence” presented in the ” so called” investigation” by the ” so called” Afghanistan in the ” so called” murder of Rabbani……

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  • Lee P
    Oct 5, 2011 - 6:59AM

    Pakistan’s founding fathers must have sacrificed a lot to carve out a nation. But the out-of-control and out-of-touch “agencies” of Pakistan are ensuring that those sacrifices are in vain.
    Apart from embarrassing the nation at every turn, the “cleverness” of the agencies has not scored a single success. At the very least, the agencies will want to recruit people with an IQ above the ‘retarded’ zone.

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  • Observer
    Oct 5, 2011 - 9:24AM

    If we look at the timing of this claim by the Afghan government, it will be easy to anlayse the hidden motives behind the statements. The Afghan government and administration, which was built from scratch by the US administration for almost seven years, has shown complete impotence in dischrging the most essential functions. They only resort to tactics of pressurizing Pakistan by levelling allegations which at best are hearsay. The Taliban have already accepted that they eliminated Rabbani. So there is nothing new in the claim. The Afghans have allowed several Indian consulates and clandestine missions close to Pakistani border locations. The troubles in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have a link with escalated Indian suppported activities in the region. And now Mr Karzai has already spilled the beans. He accepts India as a strategic partner. Against whom? We do not need to go too far to learn that clue.

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  • Pundit
    Oct 5, 2011 - 9:25AM

    Pls understand that the Rabbani Inquiry has to stand in line….behind….

    the inquiry into the murder of Ms Bhuuta

    the inquriy into Paki role in Mumbai Attacks

    the Abbottbad Imbroglio

    If Afghanistan wants Pakistan will form a Commission of Inquiry……that will surely solve the problem.

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  • Oct 5, 2011 - 9:49AM

    lies against Pakistan…..Pakistan has to cutt of all relations with Afghanistan

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  • A J Khan
    Oct 5, 2011 - 10:48AM

    Please note, the suicide bomber was a State Guest and staying in State Guest House for four days before he committed the act. All his movements were coordinated by the Mr Mohammad Masoom , the Adviser to the President of Afghanistan.
    Let there be an international inquiry comprising non alligned countries and the fact will be revealed.

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  • Sad but true
    Oct 5, 2011 - 12:52PM

    Singing the same tune:

    We deny Iran’s, China’s and India’s allegations.
    We strongly deny America’s allegations.
    Pakistan rejects Afghanistan’s allegations.

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  • bk
    Oct 5, 2011 - 2:54PM

    @Mirza:

    and by the way who says OBL was shot dead in Abbotabad, he was murdered long ago…if he was murdered in Abottabad, then why his video footage was not shown on media, lets suppose it was, then why US didn’t take his body to show it to its nation taking to ground zero,WTC on the pretext of which the whole Afghanistan has been put into ashes.

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  • WAZIRs(the real defenders of PAKISTAN)
    Oct 7, 2011 - 8:36PM

    Tariq bhaie!!!
    Me wazir from WAZIRISTAN. hum b AFGHANI hein(thanks to ALLAH) by tribe. and proud to be PAKISTANI. My father hv fought in 1965 war as a COMMON tribal man in kashmir against our HINDU enemy. avr tum apni choti soch se AFGHAN qoom ko target kr rhay ho, jis ki thareekh Pakistan k kisi b DHOsray tribe se PURANI avr BAHADURI se labrez.
    PLZZZZ!!! don’t spread hatred. THANKSRecommend

  • WAZIRs(the real defenders of PAKISTAN)
    Oct 7, 2011 - 8:51PM

    we are WAZIRs and AFGHANI by TRIBE(*thanks to ALLAH that v r afghani*) nt by country.

    Proud to be PAKISTANI( thanks to ALLAH k muje PAKISTANI paida kia hai.).

    brother PLZZ! AFGHAN qoom ko bura bhala na kaho.

    enhay bura kehnay se tmari be-ezathi hoti hai.

    THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Tariq Shah
    Oct 10, 2011 - 10:06PM

    @WAZIRs(the real defenders of PAKISTAN):
    My dear brother my highest respect for you and your family, if you are defenders of Pakistan, I am only talking of the Afghani who openly hate Pakistan, and disrespect us and pray for our demise.

    I dont care Afghani or Pakistani, anyone who hates Pakistan, works against it, can go to hell. Any Pakistani or Afghani who loves Pakistan, and works for its progress, I will raise him on my head. Please see the difference.

    Why we welcomed and helped with open arms our Afghan brothers and sisters, they blame us today that we did it for dollars, do they not know our own Sindhi, Punjabi and Baloch people live more poor than Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

    Have you ever seen a skinny Afghani refugee? let me show you skinny like Somali Sindhi children, starving and dying of lack of food and clean water, what did Pakistan not do for Afghan refugees? Clean water, tents upon their arrival, doctors, schools, everything we could, have we complained?

    Instead Afghanis complain against us, have these people no shame? Look at Karzai, the biggest shameful Afghan, do you think I have no right to hate him?
    I hate all those who hate Pakistan.Recommend

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