Spy chief attack: Karzai to submit evidence of Pakistan ‘involvement’

Published: December 11, 2012
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Afghan, Pakistani leaders to meet in Ankara, wounding of Afghan spy chief to dominate agenda. PHOTO: REUTERS/ FILE

Afghan, Pakistani leaders to meet in Ankara, wounding of Afghan spy chief to dominate agenda. PHOTO: REUTERS/ FILE

ANKARA: Afghan President Hamid Karzai will submit evidence to Pakistan during a meeting in Turkey on Tuesday suggesting that the attack on Afghanistan’s spy chief was hatched in Pakistan, said Karzai’s spokesperson.

“President Karzai will submit all the documents and evidence in hand to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, which suggest the attack was hatched in Quetta in Pakistan, and follow this up seriously,” said Siamak Herawi, a spokesperson for Karzai.

Karzai was to hold talks with Zardari at a trilateral summit hosted by Turkish President Abdullah Gul in Ankara on Tuesday and Wednesday. Foreign ministers and senior officials from both countries will also meet at the summit, the seventh of its kind in Turkey.

The bomber, who hid explosives inside his underwear and posed as a peace messenger, wounded spy chief Asadullah Khalid last Thursday in a brazen attack that set back a nascent, already fragile reconciliation process.

Speaking after the attack, Karzai stopped short of directly blaming his neighbour but said he knew “for a fact” the bomber came from Pakistan and that Kabul would seek clarification from Islamabad during meetings in Turkey.

While the Taliban have claimed responsibility for the bombing, Karzai has said the raid was too sophisticated to have been carried out by the militant group.

“Bigger hands are involved,” said Herawi, repeating a phrase often used by the Afghan leader after high-profile attacks.

Pakistan has said it would assist in any investigation into the bombing, but also urged Karzai to provide evidence before “levelling charges”, and suggested Kabul look into any lapses in its own security arrangements that may have led to the raid.

Strained ties

While the latest spat is unlikely to cause any lasting damage – Karzai has issued more direct charges at Pakistan in the past and has said contacts between both countries would continue – ties between Kabul and Islamabad remain strained.

Afghanistan has been angered by cross-border raids by militant groups from Pakistan, and has repeatedly accused its neighbour’s intelligence agency of backing Afghan insurgent groups to advance its own interests in the country.

Pakistan denies the accusations and says it is committed to helping bring peace to Afghanistan.

The attack on Afghanistan’s top spy was almost a carbon copy of last year’s assassination of the country’s chief peace negotiator, Burhanuddin Rabbani, a killing in which Afghanistan said Pakistan was involved.

Pakistan has, however, sent recent strong signals it would support the Afghan government’s efforts to draw the Taliban into negotiations after more than a decade of war.

The United States and Western nations with troops in Afghanistan have long abandoned the notion of defeating the Taliban militarily and have reluctantly thrown their weight behind negotiating with the militants to end the fighting.

That the insurgents are capable of striking in the heart of the Kabul after more than 10 years of fighting highlights Afghanistan’s ongoing instability as US-led Nato troops prepare to withdraw by the end of 2014.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Dr. X
    Dec 11, 2012 - 4:56PM

    Every day Pakistan pays the price for supporting Afghanistan. There is an Afghan Basti in every major city of Pakistan. We are paying the heavy price of supporting Afghanis. Just seal down the border and kick all the illegal immigrants out of Pakistan!!

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  • Animal
    Dec 11, 2012 - 5:06PM

    It has become a fashion to point towards Pakistan for any terrorism activity in Universe.

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  • Enlightened
    Dec 11, 2012 - 5:09PM

    Mr Karzai, India had handed over tons of un-refutable evidence against JuD chief and others in 26/11 case which was out-rightly rejected by Pakistan. In all such cases, Pakistan adopts standard operating procedure(SOP) and copy of denial which is always kept ready in their files shall be handed-over to you.

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  • all hai
    Dec 11, 2012 - 5:11PM

    evidence to pakistan?? are you kidding me?? hafiz saeed is is a charity organizer in pakistan.

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  • Dec 11, 2012 - 5:14PM

    They are still wrong in their standpoint when they say,
    movement of extremists on the border coming from the
    sancturies happened in Pakistan and overlooked the safe
    heavans in Afghanistan’s remote areas.

    As being said by world recognised statsmen ,Afghan territory
    would remained insequire untill unless real representatives come
    into power.by proper channel.

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  • Qaisrani
    Dec 11, 2012 - 5:37PM

    Shame on Pakistanis more than Afghans that we are to hold negotiations in 3rd country like Turkey.We, Pakistanis, are born slaves. Slaves to Iran, Saudia and now Turkey.

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  • Dec 11, 2012 - 6:01PM

    From early days,january 2012,
    more than 2000 innocent has been killed by drones,
    including women and children.They are all civilians not
    extremists.
    American warlord are saying,
    they would start a new session of drones more dangrous
    and more deadly.
    I predict here on this dreadful opportunity of more innocent’s
    untimely deaths.

    If there will be drones,if there will be death of children and women
    but with no counterprodution,impossible ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,impossible.

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  • Lofted Shot
    Dec 11, 2012 - 6:01PM

    Now Such people will raise finger on Pakistan. Ha! Karzai is American Puppet

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  • Malik
    Dec 11, 2012 - 6:14PM

    Fail to understand why Pakistan media even publish all such nonsense originating from Afghanistan. When ever they need more money, some facility or concessions they come up with such ridiculous allegations. It’s not their fault, it’s their tradition to live on others funds, use others hospitality n keep crying to maintain their stone age Pashtoon’s tradition. Mr. President get real, help your country n it’s people, arrange n settle millions of your displaced citizens n give break to our (Pakistani) hospitality. Tks

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  • Feroz
    Dec 11, 2012 - 6:18PM

    Everybody knows who is fueling the violence and unrest in Afghanistan. After 2014 the real games will start and the strategic depth policy will bear fruit, not the kind envisaged by architects of strategic depth though. Those playing with fire will die by fire.

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  • Ali
    Dec 11, 2012 - 6:21PM

    Don’t Know why Pakistan supporting this madman who blame every activity of raw on Pakistan…..and never stops

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  • S K Afridi
    Dec 11, 2012 - 6:58PM

    @Enlightened:
    Pakistan has provided thousands of solid proof to India for its involvement in Baluchistan but India has been refuting by putting up various excuses. Karzai on the other hand is an incompetent, corrupt and clueless puppet who has picked up any course of blaming Pakistan for anything that happens in Afghanistan. I am sure he will be back to his normal senses once the coalition troops withdraw from Afghanistan.

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  • Khan of Jandul
    Dec 11, 2012 - 7:07PM

    The presence of of Bin Ladin was denied by Pakistan ‘s power-centers, media, political parties etc, but he was found in a place close to prestigious military school. Same denial strategy is also applied against its policy of using extremist proxies for destabilizing Afghanistan. The people who have formulated this policy are not accountable to the people of Pakistan, therefore it does not affect them how many people are killed-whether in Afghanistan or Pakistan. . Conflict and war is in the interest of no one and could not be an alternative to peace and security.

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  • Dec 11, 2012 - 7:09PM

    @Feroz:
    May be in ur thoughts :)

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  • Enlightened
    Dec 11, 2012 - 8:37PM

    @S K Afridi:
    I don’t know the source of your comment, however for your information Pakistan has not so far shared a single piece of evidence with India’s of its involvement in Baluchistan.

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  • Singh
    Dec 11, 2012 - 10:08PM

    @Malik:
    Symptom you mention are of Pakistan. Are you kidding that Pakistan give money to any other country?

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  • Truth Hurts
    Dec 12, 2012 - 3:42AM

    @Enlightened:
    What was India’s “unrefutable evidence” against JUD? A toothpaste, tissue papers and milk pack? lol Stop being fooled by your own cheap media and govt!

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  • curious
    Dec 13, 2012 - 9:17AM

    I will always resent and hate the fact that Afghanis always blame Pakistan. And the tragedy is that Afghanis can get away with this defamation time and time again.

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