Surya killed on ISI orders, says Taliban
A Taliban commander has claimed that Pakistan intelligence had a hand in the recent killing of Indian engineer K Suryanarayan in southern Afghanistan, a charge dismissed by Islamabad as "nonsense".india Updated: May 15, 2006 01:07 IST
A Taliban commander has claimed that Pakistan intelligence had a hand in the recent killing of Indian engineer K Suryanarayan in southern Afghanistan, a charge dismissed by Islamabad as "nonsense".
A Taliban commander, wishing to remain anonymous, told private Tolu Television that Amir Khan Haqqani, the military commander of Taliban fighters in Zabul province, had opposed the killing of Suryanarayan.
He claimed the Indian engineer was eventually killed by Mullah Latif, a militiaman under the command of Mawlawi Mohammad Alam Andar, allegedly on orders from Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, a little-known website Afgha.Com quoted the Tolu report as saying.
Following the accusation, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's chief of staff Jawed Ludin said the administration expects Islamabad to clarify its position on the accusation.
"The reports on Pakistani ISI involvement in the incident are very important to Afghanistan," Ludin said adding Kabul expects Islamabad to clarify its stance. Suryanarayan was abducted by the Taliban from Zabul province on April 28 and his body was found on April 30.
Meanwhile, refuting claims reportedly made by the Taliban commander that Indian engineer K. Surayanarayana was killed at the instance of ISI, Pakistan today said it has never sponsored the policy of killing civilians.
"We have been condemning killing of civilians where ever they occurred as acts of terrorism. It is not the government policy to sponsor killing of civilians," Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said reacting to reports by Afghan Tolu TV which quoted a Taliban commander as saying Surayanarayana was killed at the instance of ISI. Aslam said Pakistan government would have come out with an official reaction had such claims been made by the Indian government. "Reports such as these are not worth commenting on. But If anybody has any evidence, they are welcome to forward it," she said.
She said Tolu TV had made such claims against Pakistan in the past attributing them to some Afghan officials, which were later denied. "These days anybody can make claims through internet claiming to be Taliban. Such reports are not worth commenting," she added.
Earlier, Pakistan's Cabinet Minister Sheikh Rashid said that the allegation by the Taliban was "baseless." "Whenever such a situation arises they always blame Pakistan. Pakistan has nothing to do with the Indian engineer....This is all nonsense...As far as Pakistan is concerned, it is not involved in any such kind of cases," he told an Indian television channel.
"From the Government of Pakistan's point of view there is nothing to do from our side and this is all their (Taliban's) own situation..When they can't handle it they blame it on Pakistan."