'Pakistan-linked' attack on Kabul foiled: Officials

Published: August 12, 2012
Afghan, Nato forces capture 5 insurgents allegedly linked to militants in Pakistan with large cache of explosives. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Afghan, Nato forces capture 5 insurgents allegedly linked to militants in Pakistan with large cache of explosives. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KABUL: Afghan and Nato forces foiled a series of suicide attacks on Kabul planned for Sunday when they captured five insurgents allegedly linked to militants in Pakistan, officials said.

The group was “finalising plans for an attack in the capital” and a large cache of explosives, suicide vest parts, weapons and ammunition were seized in the overnight operation, Nato’s International Security Assistance Force said.

The “sophisticated suicide attacks” would have targeted the Afghan parliament and the residence of Second Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency said.

One of the five was a Pakistani national and the group was in possession of Afghan army uniforms and Pakistani identity documents, currency and cellphone numbers, the National Directorate for Security said.

“The evidence indicates they had connections with the terrorists beyond the border with Pakistan,” the agency said.

Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of harbouring Taliban insurgents fighting to overthrow the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai.

Earlier this month, Afghan officials said five insurgents planning a major attack on an area of Kabul home to Western embassies were killed in a pre-dawn gunbattle in the capital.

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  • Naeem Siddiqui
    Aug 12, 2012 - 6:01PM

    There are daily Afghan-Linked attacks in Pakistan.


  • Apologizer
    Aug 12, 2012 - 6:06PM

    Please leave Afghanistan alone.


  • Truth Detector
    Aug 12, 2012 - 6:17PM

    Yes, they had “Linked to Haqaani Network” tattoos on their arms.


  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Aug 12, 2012 - 6:28PM

    @Naeem Siddiqui:
    You are absolutely right. Are you referring to the one in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011? How do you justify and explain that terrorist attack in Iran, Afghanistan, China, UK, USA, Mali, Russia, India etc always has a Pakistani connection?


  • nashai
    Aug 12, 2012 - 6:29PM

    One of the five was a Pakistani national with identity card… haha so funny ET


  • saleem
    Aug 12, 2012 - 6:58PM

    looks like Afghanistan has taken a leaf from indian propaganda book. slowly but, they are also mastering the art of false flag operations.


  • erudite
    Aug 12, 2012 - 7:08PM

    a step forth to put Pakistan under pressure for joint operation against terrorists in N-waziristan….


  • Adnan Farooqui
    Aug 12, 2012 - 7:16PM

    what a joke by NATO and afghan people. They were arrested with Pakistani ID cards. America is executing final plans to invade Pakistan as it spent trillions. Its real danger alarm for Pakistan India and China plus Afghanistan. The sub continent has been sold again by the help of Indians in return for few call centers.

    What would be the picture of subcontinent in just few years? its really scary. People of subcontinent would have to fight for another freedom like before 1947. I think they are mad they don’t know what they are doing.

    Afghanistan is top corrupt country in world they can capture any people and show them as Pakistanis or pay some poor Pakistanis from tribal area to do this job for them.

    I don’t see any truth in these stories at all. They are backed by Pakistani government? how? Pakistan is suffering the most by Afghanistan refugees and terrorists who attack Pakistani security forces and innocent people every day.

    As far as Hindu migrants are concerned I think there is racism everywhere against minority and most is in western society which are classed modern and developed countries. every day minority face racist attacks here should we wright to foreign countries for our human rights? where people are classed on their colour of skin!


  • Aug 12, 2012 - 7:30PM

    people still living in fools paradise.


  • Aug 12, 2012 - 7:39PM

    NATO command should properly investigate the matter.
    there are chances of TTP’s involvement in the attack but
    as for as Pakistan is concerned Pakistan has no way,
    affiliation with the attackers.

    A third hidden power is in action,who don’t want peace in
    the region and busy in creating misunderstanding among
    the stake holders.

    they want to sabotage the peace process has recently been
    started unanimously.


  • Truth Detector
    Aug 12, 2012 - 9:55PM

    Come on ISAF/NATO/Afghanis , be innovative, change the story line at least a bit, I am sure u have that much imagination …

    Pakistani identity documents

    That is ridiculously funny…


  • Cautious
    Aug 12, 2012 - 10:32PM

    Fascinating — the entire World knows that anti Afghan militants take refuge in Pakistan – even your own govt admits it – but based on the comments it appears it’s all some vast conspiracy to make you look bad.


  • Syed Bilal Haider
    Aug 13, 2012 - 1:26AM

    Pakistan’s NICs and the Pakistani Rupee is used in 3 provinces of Afghanistan: does not go to show that the people arrested were Pakistanis, or even coming from Pakistan.


  • Truth Detector
    Aug 13, 2012 - 1:44AM

    @Cautious More fascinating is someone actually believes that if someone is sent for sabotage/militant activity, the trainers and senders ensure that he carries a ID card !!! Now, that is fascinating for Mr. Know-it-all/ self presumed smart-guy ( or gal)…


  • adam
    Aug 13, 2012 - 2:03AM

    90% Afghans posses pakistani national ID cards. Where is the problem?


  • Waseem janjua
    Aug 13, 2012 - 2:05AM

    One thing is INTERESTING that all the ‘terrorists” (with links to PAKISTAN) ALWAYS carry the ID cards and Cell phone numbers and other relevant information showing their links to Pakistan. Thank you terrorists for making the job of Afghan/NATO/US easy for finding out that you belong to Pakistan…..


  • the identity card question
    Aug 13, 2012 - 2:43AM

    about the identity cards:

    some ppl wonder that it is stupid to have id cards on you. Well my friends these terrorists they have to enter Afg in some way. They probably enter Afghanistan throught the porous borders and when they reach kabul they need training/reconnicance/target identification etc etc. For these purposes they have to roam and walk in the city. In case they are questioned by police/NDS they present with their usually fake id cards and tell the police they are in AFG to work etc etc. Do you get it now?


  • Muhammad Hassan
    Aug 13, 2012 - 2:54AM

    @Adnan: If there is so much racism in the West then why are Pakistanis falling all over themselves to get there?

    Your whole post is a jumble of conspiracy theories and opinions masquerading as facts.


  • Asher
    Aug 13, 2012 - 3:17AM

    Millions of Afghans have Pakistani ID’S. What a false statement.?To tell you the truth Hamid Karzai is the most crook person in this whole world. He is not sincere with anyone , not even with USA and Nato. He will never ever appreciate Pakistan for keeping Afghan people in Pakistan since 1979 and now this is the reward Pakistan is getting. What a thankless nation.


  • ammar
    Aug 13, 2012 - 3:17AM

    attack in india>lashkar is involved
    attack in afghanistan>haqqani network is involved
    attack anywhere else>al qaeeda is involved
    so net is result is all the security agencies keep on sleeping and get their full salary.
    some serious introspection is requred!


  • Maria
    Aug 13, 2012 - 3:55AM

    @Cautious: What the whole world knows is that anti Pakistan criminals are based in Afghanistan and supported by India. What Pakistan wants is to seal the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan so that there is no movement of Afghani based criminals into Pakistan. If the US can build a big fence to keep out illegal Mexicans, they should should the same to keep out illegal Afghanis from entering Pakistan. As for the blame game, we all know that Afghanis like to blame their problems on others without basis.


  • ans
    Aug 13, 2012 - 5:40AM

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  • numbersnumbers
    Aug 13, 2012 - 6:38AM

    The five insurgents will be questioned, and all their equipment, electronics and paperwork carefully examined. Their contacts in the region will also be rolled up and similarly questioned. If the trail leads back to the “Assets” residing INSIDE PAKISTAN, then so be it!
    For all the conspiracy comments, please answer me one question! Osama bin Laden (and family) was hiding WHERE for the last five or so years of his life?


  • akash
    Aug 13, 2012 - 8:00AM

    @Saleem – Mate India did not reproduce Ajmal Kasab for propaganda. Keep denying until fire destroys your home!


  • numbersnumbers
    Aug 13, 2012 - 8:42AM

    If Pakistan can’t even control its own territory (North Waziristan), then why should it DEMAND that other countries do anything?


  • mr. righty rightist
    Aug 13, 2012 - 8:46AM

    Pakistanis deny that their country is involved.

    Pakistan is always involved.


  • j. von hettlingen
    Aug 13, 2012 - 5:11PM

    When Afghanistan claimed that Pakistan harbours Taliban insurgents “fighting to overthrow the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai”. Pakistan made the counter claim that Karzai’s administration does too little to get rid of the Pakistani Taliban, who found safe haven in Afghanistan since being driven out of the Swat Valley.


  • Amit
    Aug 13, 2012 - 7:16PM

    so basically two things are inevitable.
    1. Pakistani people go and spread terrorism across the world
    2. When they get caught, the whole pakisam is saying only one thin, those were not Pakistani people, those were the nationals of that country which was attacked, send by their own government.
    And you want the world to believe that.Recommend

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