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Kabul attacks: Top Afghan officials in Pakistan to share proof of ISI link

Afghanistan says some of the attacks were carried out by perpetrators linked to Pakistan’s powerful spy agency, the ISI.

world Updated: Jan 31, 2018 23:29 IST
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Afghan security forces keep watch as smoke rises from the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul on January 21, 2018.(Reuters)

Afghanistan’s intelligence chief and foreign minister on Wednesday made a surprise visit to Islamabad following a recent spate of deadly attacks in Kabul.

Afghanistan says some of the attacks were carried out by perpetrators linked to Pakistan’s powerful spy agency, the ISI.

Dawn News, quoting Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal, reported that Masoom Stanekzai and Wais Ahmad Barmak were in Islamabad with a message from President Ashraf Ghani and will hold discussions about cooperation.

However, Tolo News reported that the delegation will hand over evidence that shows that recent attacks by the Taliban were planned in Pakistan.

The report said that if Pakistan does not cooperate, Afghanistan will lodge a complaint with the UN Security Council.

Stanikzai and Barmak’s visit comes a day after Faisal said Pakistan handed over 27 insurgents to Afghan authorities last year, including members of the Haqqani network.

Afghanistan’s envoy to Islamabad, Omar Zakhilwal, said he had no information on such an exchange. “This certainly is news to me! It would be a huge step forward in our important bilateral relations if this indeed happens,” he tweeted.

First Published: Jan 31, 2018 23:29 IST