Kandahar attack which killed UAE officials planned in Pakistan: Afghan official

Published: February 27, 2017
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Afghan National Intelligence officers patrol after an assault by suicide attackers. PHOTO: REUTERS

Afghan National Intelligence officers patrol after an assault by suicide attackers. PHOTO: REUTERS

A senior Afghan Interior Ministry official has alleged that a terror attack last month that killed five Emirati diplomats in Kandahar was planned in Pakistan.

“The attack was planned in Mawlawi Ahmad Madrassa in Chaman, Quetta,” Sediq Seddiqi, a spokesperson for the Afghan Ministry of Interior, told Voice of America.

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A senior UAE police official held the Afghan government responsible for the deadly bombing in Kandahar which on January 10 killed five UAE diplomats and injured its ambassador. The blast had occurred inside the Kandahar governor’s high-security guest house where the UAE diplomats, including Ambassador Juma Mohammed Abdullah Al Kaabi, gathered for dinner.

Afghan intelligence officials said their investigations shed light on the increasing links of some madrassas in Pakistan with Afghan Taliban.

VOA’s report claimed thirty thousand madrassas operate across Pakistan, most of them legal and adhering strictly to religious teaching, the report said. “But thousands of them are not registered with the government and are teaching grounds and recruiting points for militants and Taliban, according to Pakistan and Afghan intelligence officials,” it added.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti has claimed thousands of Afghan Taliban are studying in seminaries across the province.

“There are many seminaries where Afghan Taliban are studying, and many are owned by the Afghan Taliban group,” Bugti said while speaking to Voice of America’s Deewa service.

Much of the militant activity is centered in Balochistan, where 5,500 madrassas operate as boarding schools. Many of them are kept from government scrutiny and are breeding points for terror, VOA’s report further said.

“You can see madrassas in every street, and they are spreading extremism to every house, community and village of Pakistan,” Khadim Hussain, a security analyst, told VOA.

According to Balochistan provincial government estimates, more than 5,000 Afghans are studying at madrassas in the province.

The Afghan Taliban’s influence over the unregulated madrassa network is most visible in the Pashto-speaking belt of Balochistan, where Afghan militants can easily travel between Afghanistan and Pakistan, officials said.

“There are 191 madrassas in my district, 21 of them unregistered, and some 20 per cent of the enrolled students are Afghans,” said Qaisar Khan Nasir, a provincial official in Qilla Abdullah district, which has a Pashtun majority population and borders Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.

Aminul Hasnat Shah, the minister of state for religious affairs, told VOA that funds for most of these madressahs originate abroad, mostly in Arab countries. “The government is monitoring the money trail and how this money is spent and utilised by the madrassahs. We want to ensure that these funds are not used for any suspicious activity or to promote extremism through Islamic seminaries in Pakistan.”

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Shah said the government “has pledged to reform these madrassahs through registration and change of syllabus” and it was determined to “keep an eye on any extremism-related activities or links in these madressahs.”

Ihsan Ghani, chief of the National Counter Terrorism Authority, said the government was forming a new national counter-extremism policy, which includes reforming the madrassa system. The government had vowed to register all unregistered madrassahs, he added.

This article originally appeared on Voice of America.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • LOL
    Feb 27, 2017 - 10:27AM

    “A senior UAE police official held the Afghan government responsible for the deadly bombing in Kandahar which on January 10 killed five UAE diplomats and injured its ambassador.” – enough said.Recommend

  • Lolz
    Feb 27, 2017 - 11:19AM

    Why are the American troops based in Afghanistan then? When they couldn’t do anything, what do Afghans expect from the rest. Recommend

  • Salman
    Feb 27, 2017 - 11:24AM

    Even if it was planned in Pakistan, it was executed in Afghanistan in a highest security zone (governor house) so before you blame Pakistan for everything under the sun at India’s behest, go put your house in order and better yet, start to use your brain for once to see who is friend and who is foeRecommend

  • Bilal
    Feb 27, 2017 - 11:40AM

    American War on Terror in Afghanistan was also planned in Pakistan. Recommend

  • salman
    Feb 27, 2017 - 11:45AM

    Will UAE authorities gonna buy this ? Don’t think so since they are openly alleging Afghans Recommend

  • Lumdheeng
    Feb 27, 2017 - 12:02PM

    The real root problem lies here,and it’s overlooked, ignored and after attacks Pakistan authorities go berserk. Recommend

  • kamal
    Feb 27, 2017 - 2:43PM

    @LOL: Indian trolls out of the woodworks here! Recommend

  • k
    Feb 27, 2017 - 2:56PM

    @Salman:
    In one of the deadliest rail accident,some people were caught by agencies & accepted their crime that they were being financed & trained by pak agencies. Exactly same i said to my fellow countrymen that it is the responsibility of Government of India. we have to take responsibility or just keep quite. Even though other are planning against us we should not start whining. we should boost-up ourselvesRecommend

  • Javed Mirani
    Feb 27, 2017 - 10:30PM

    @Salman:
    Planning can happen in middle of ocean or in sleep. Who are the perpetrators and who are resources is the crux of problem.Recommend

  • Humza
    Feb 28, 2017 - 7:08AM

    @Javed Mirani: All the planning and attacks can stop regardless of who is causing the criminality if the border is sealed and the Afghan refugees go home to rebuild their own country.Recommend

  • Freedom
    Feb 28, 2017 - 7:59AM

    Afghan government is behind all the recent bombing in Pakistan. They want to disrupt progress in Pakistan.Recommend

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