Afghanistan says Kabul attack was planned by Haqqani network in Pakistan

The Afghan Taliban-claimed attack on April 19 had killed 64 people


Tahir Khan April 23, 2016
The Taliban-claimed attack on April 19 claimed 64 lives and injured 347 others. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan has alleged that a recent deadly attack in Kabul this month was planned by the Haqqani network in Pakistan.

On April 19, Afghan Taliban-claimed attack against a security agency responsible for protecting senior government officials and VIPs, which killed 64 people and injured 347 others.

In a message to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had condemned the heinous attack and called for coordinated approach to eliminate the menace of terrorism.

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“Investigation is underway but the initial evidence suggests the attack was planned by the Haqqani Network with the help of foreign circles in Pakistan," deputy spokesperson for Afghan President Dawa Khan Meenpal told Radio Azadi.

According to Meenpal, some foreign intelligence circles had helped the network [to plan the attack].

Preliminary investigation indicates it was a complicated attack and could not be carried out without the support of foreign intelligence support, he maintained.

The spokesperson went on to say that Pakistan had “always allowed its soil to be used by those who fight Afghan government.”

"Pakistan has failed to fulfill its promises with Afghanistan and has always given space to the enemies of the Afghan government and its people."

“Addresses and sources of the foreign intelligence circles that are inimical to Afghans are known,” the spokesperson added.

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Claiming responsibility for the attack, Taliban had said three militants took part in the attack and that it was part of the group’s spring offensive.

The attack raised questions about the capability of the US-Nato trained Afghan intelligence agents to thwart such huge attacks in high security zone.

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COMMENTS (29)

Sunil | 5 years ago | Reply @shah: Pakistan is occupied India, we will never stop until we liberate occupied India.
Trollslayer | 5 years ago | Reply @ Khattak Afareen wrora! Afghans are united against terrorism and their sponsors. Involving India in every conversation from self loathing former Indians is a stale and tiresome cliche. Indians are not the ones dying and fighting in Afghanistan. Ashraf Ghani called on the Afghan forces to show no mercy to those who spill Afghan blood and the Afghan parliament is convening a session to scrap the reconciliation process, in favor of war on terror. A recent survey of Afghan public opinion conducted by VOA's parent organization, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, along with the Gallup news agency showed that citizens of Afghanistan have a very low opinion of Pakistan. Survey respondents gave Pakistan a favorability rating of 3.7 percent — the bottom of the list — faring even worse than Islamic State, which received a 5.8 favorability rating.
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