Pakistan blames Afghan refugees for Rabbani's murder

Khar tells upper house of parliament late Tuesday that Afghan refugees living in Pakistan were responsible for murder.


Afp December 14, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar blamed Afghan refugees for the murder of the Kabul government's peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani, officials said Wednesday.

Rabbani's assassination in September by a turban bomber who purported to be a peace envoy for the Taliban derailed efforts to talk peace with the militants and postponed any hopes of a political settlement ending 10 years of war.

Afghan officials lashed out at Islamabad over the killing, saying it was planned in Pakistan and carried out by a Pakistani suicide bomber.

But Khar told the upper house of parliament late Tuesday that Afghan refugees living in Pakistan were responsible.

"We are not responsible if Afghan refugees crossed the border and entered Kabul, stayed in a guest house and attacked Professor Rabbani," officials quoted Khar as telling the Senate.

Pakistan is under huge international pressure to take action against militants based in Pakistan but who carry out attacks in Afghanistan.

A senior Pakistani official told AFP that the presence of Afghan refugees was "an important issue for Pakistan" and "a problem for Afghanistan".

"We don't want to forcibly expel them. We are trying to resolve this issue in a negotiated manner because more than 90 percent of terrorist attacks in Pakistan trace back to Afghan refugees."

Last month, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari agreed to cooperate with an investigation into Rabbani's murder in a bid to overcome tensions and recriminations.

Millions of Afghans who fled decades of war returned home after Karzai took power, but around 1.7 million still live in Pakistan.

COMMENTS (27)

Khar-koss | 9 years ago | Reply

@Mysterious: According to UNHCR, 1.7 million Afghans living in Pakistan are those who were born inside Pakistan in the last 30 years. You Pakis don't respect your own people. Despite them being Afghans they were born on the same soil that you Pakis were born on. Since 2002 to 2007 all the Afghan refugees left Pakistan and are right now making good income in Afghanistan and building mansions. Terrorist attacks began happening inside Pakistan after 2007 when the Afghan refugees had left.

Khar-koss | 9 years ago | Reply

Afghan refugees live in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, that is native territory of Afghanistan. Pakistan officially starts East of Indus River. Also, if Afghan refugees were behind attacks in Pakistan why didn't Pakistan's government blame them before when attacks were happening inside Pakistan? I live in Lawhore and I haven't heard of any terrorist attacks in Pakistan. We need to give all the territory West of Indus River back to Afghanistan, it's rightfully theirs and Allah is on their side. Ask yourself why we Pakistanis are going backward and the Afghans and Indians are going forward? We Pakistanis are the problem and we need to fix our selves before were are destroyed. Pakistan Zindabad

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