Afghanistan says Kabul attack was planned by Haqqani network in Pakistan

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

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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Reader Comments (29)

  • Point
    Apr 23, 2016 - 8:04PM

    WHy not handover your govt. spokesmanship to india. They will speak directly instead of you people asking for answers from what to reply when you fail at anything. Recommend

  • Grace
    Apr 23, 2016 - 8:30PM

    No one in the world believes Afghanistan’s government because they blame everything on the outside and refuse to accept their own internal problems. In reality it is Afghanistan that has allowed its soil to be used by India for attacks on Pakistan for decades and still Afghan refugees prefer to live in Pakistan. By serving as slaves for India, Kabul has destroyed itself and has only itself to blame.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Apr 23, 2016 - 9:32PM

    Raheel Sharif and his men are magnificent! they have cornered 3 governments in 3 countries.Recommend

  • observer
    Apr 23, 2016 - 10:17PM

    Afghanistan says Kabul attack was planned by Haqqani network in Pakistan

    Well,what is there to say?Recommend

  • Hari
    Apr 23, 2016 - 10:32PM

    It what india says actually. Afghanistan just wants what their master orders to sayRecommend

  • Maria
    Apr 23, 2016 - 10:36PM

    So tired of hearing this nonsense from Afghan leaders. Pakistan needs to seal the border, send back all the illegal Afghans living here and prevent any movement of any of them back to Pak.Recommend

  • Last Word
    Apr 23, 2016 - 11:02PM

    When will Pakistan stop playing double games with its neighbours ? Enough is enough now.Recommend

  • Umar
    Apr 23, 2016 - 11:46PM

    Interesting. What about Afghanistan’s sanctuary to TTP, BLA/BRA, etc.? Don’t forget US spec ops forcibly took Latifullah Mehsud (TTP dept commander) from an NDS convoy.Recommend

  • Maqsood Choudary
    Apr 24, 2016 - 12:05AM

    Afghanistan should change its name to “His Master’s Voice State of Afghanistan.” Recommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 24, 2016 - 12:53AM

    …..and Afghanistan still does not get the message… they must be pretty thick or helpless.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Apr 24, 2016 - 1:01AM

    Note that the Haqqani group (Good Taliban!) was untouched by design during the recent military operation in FATA against the “bad Taliban”!!!
    Pakistan talks big about taking on “terrorists” that use its territory to launch attacks against its neighbors, but carefully avoids naming those “Good Taliban” assets as terrorists!Recommend

  • khattak
    Apr 24, 2016 - 1:25AM

    Killing Afghan people & destroying state institutions is bringing a lot of anger to Afghan people. They are getting united as never before, 3.3 million CC of blood was collected for those injured in few hours Those who put the anger of Afghan people & Government in Indian account should think again, Afghans are fighting for their survival not Indian. If we really hate India & want to fight it like soldiers, we need to move the war towards Indian border.Recommend

  • Azi
    Apr 24, 2016 - 1:58AM

    A bee stings them they will blame pakistan. Nothing new.Recommend

  • Sam
    Apr 24, 2016 - 2:24AM

    If Afghan institutions are really that competitive after an unfortunate attack, why don’t they catch the culprits before the terror attacks? Incompetence really has got a new meaning in Afghanistan. Recommend

  • muhammad shoaib
    Apr 24, 2016 - 2:58AM

    40 districts in Afghanistan are under control of Taliban. A failed Afghan army and police with highest rate of desertions in world. A Country with ethnic division and independent ethnic militias everywhere in Afghanistan. Blame game against Pakistan.There is no need for Pakistan to do bomb blast in Afghanistan .Afghani suffer from paranoia because when one third Afghanistan is out of central government then they can do one attack easilyRecommend

  • muhammad shoaib
    Apr 24, 2016 - 2:58AM

    40 districts in Afghanistan are under control of Taliban. A failed Afghan army and police with highest rate of desertions in world. A Country with ethnic division and independent ethnic militias everywhere in Afghanistan. Blame game against Pakistan.There is no need for Pakistan to do bomb blast in Afghanistan .Afghani suffer from paranoia because when one third Afghanistan is out of central government then they can do one attack easilyRecommend

  • Humza
    Apr 24, 2016 - 3:51AM

    @Last Word: The real double game continues to be played by Afghanistan and India. Even former US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said India uses Afghanistan as a base to conduct cross border mischief in Pakistan. The Afghans should stop being puppets of India and do what is best for the poor people of Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Apr 24, 2016 - 4:05AM

    India is Afghanistan Master, what ever Indian asking the Afghan Spock person says. Why don’t you Afghan give your Spock person ship to Indian
    Remember Afghan people India is your the biggest enemy
    We all know Indian are feeding your leadership getting money from India
    BE CAREFULRecommend

  • Sunil
    Apr 24, 2016 - 6:01AM

    9/11 was a Jewish/CIA plot, Mumbai attacks were a plot, in fact every terror attack was a plot by someone to make Muslims look bad or Pakistan. Oh poor you. Face the facts no one trusts you guys, your passport is not accepted worldwide, in fact countries want to deport Pakistani’s. Why? You need to introspect and face the truth. I hope this post is published so Pakistani’s are confronted with the reality. Carry on like this there will be no Pakistan left.Recommend

  • Concerned
    Apr 24, 2016 - 6:37AM

    ONE SOLUTION FOR ENDING ALL TERRORISM IN PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN, KICK OUT ALL REPEAT ALL AFGHANIS FROM PAKISTAN BACK INTO AFGHANISTAN OR BACK TO THEIR HINDU MASTERS LAND RAPISTAN, NOT A SINGLE AFGHANI SHOULD BE LEFT IN PAKISTAN, THEIR WILL BE PEACE FOREVERRecommend

  • komal s
    Apr 24, 2016 - 7:41AM

    @Concerned:
    You choice of words tell your ability to analyze a situation constructively. All the terrorists targeting neighnours are still roaming around freely in your country. Another note, afghans do not recognize Durand line. In their opinion they are just staying in their land. If you push your luck the whole Pakthoon land discussion will start and your problems will manifold 10 times over.Recommend

  • observer
    Apr 24, 2016 - 7:48AM

    Well, looks like Pakistan is unfairly blamed for,

    9/11 New York,Washington
    7/7, London,
    11/03 Madrid,
    1/05 Times Square,
    26/11 Mumbai,
    2/12 San Bernadino
    19/04 Kabul

    Or may be there is more to it.Recommend

  • Omar Sadiq
    Apr 24, 2016 - 8:46AM

    First: Afghanis, u need to continue talking whatever your masters (Indians) tell you to say.
    Second: Continue allowing the RAW and Iranian agents to operate on your soil against Pakistan.
    Third: Make transit routes difficult for Pakistan and enhance trade with Indians.
    Now, when anything happens in your country WHY blame Pakistan for it?? Go run to your master and seek help. Pakistan can cripple you in a matter of a very short time as soon as there is an honest politician and not these corrupt, sold-out politicians like Nawaz, Zardari, Gilani, Bhutto, etc.Recommend

  • Afghan
    Apr 24, 2016 - 9:04AM

    It is very very easy for Pakistan take its Kashmir war to Afghanistan, in the last 6 decades Pakistan totally failed to put an end to Kashmir problem. But with the days pass Afghan Army trained by friendly countries continues to hit back the terrorists and their supporters very deep. Zandabad NDS and Afghan Army!Recommend

  • Malik
    Apr 24, 2016 - 9:21AM

    What is the use of living in delusion and on borrowed times??USA and China shall never allow Pakistan to prosper and they have made it easy for the “Gullible”Pakistani People to believe the narrative handed down to the Establishment by the Chinese and as well as the USA.The current socalled “Bonhomie” between India & USA is not to be taken seriously as it is only a big Show.China and USA are jostling in the IOR Region for Supremacy and India is being used as a Proxy.But by Modi being at the Helm of Indian Politics and Doval as adviser it is apparent India wants to buy 15 Years of steady progress in order to be Chinas equal in Asia.
    Unfortuenately the Afghani Narrative is correct that Pakistan is being used by all to destabalise Afghanistan and by inference Pakistan also.India has no evil designs on Pakistan ,be rest assured.Recommend

  • sharat
    Apr 24, 2016 - 11:58AM

    @Concerned:
    So amusing when the masters of terrorism talk like thisRecommend

  • shah
    Apr 24, 2016 - 11:59AM

    @Last Word:
    When You Indians And Your Mistresses in Kabul Will Stop Doing The Same in PakistanRecommend

  • Trollslayer
    Apr 24, 2016 - 3:06PM

    @ 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. Recommend

  • Sunil
    Apr 25, 2016 - 10:17AM

    @shah: Pakistan is occupied India, we will never stop until we liberate occupied India.Recommend

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