Karzai aide assassins had contacts inside Pakistan
By Ghanizada - Wed Jul 20 2011, 8:51 am
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 – According Afghan Interior Ministry officials, militants behind the assassination of a close advisor to President Hamid Karzai were having phone contacts with unknown individuals inside the country and Pakistan.
General Bismillah Mohammadi Interior Minister of Afghanistan said, insurgents are making efforts to kill high-ranking and influential officials.
Afghan House of Representatives on Tuesday asked Interior Ministry and Deputy Director of Intelligence organization to provide answers about the latest killings of senior Afghan officials.
This comes after insurgents targeted a number of senior Afghan officials including Ahmad Wali Karzai, younger brother and chairman of Kandahar provincial council, a close aide of Karzai and Mohammad Hashim Watanwal and an MP who represented Oruzgan in the house.
Gen. Bismillah further added, Jan Mohammad Khan was shot dead by Dost Mohammad Khan an assailant who was 22- year-old and at the same time Mohammad Hashim Watanwal was killed by another attacker.
He also said, “We have obtained their cell phones and the last calls they received were from Pakistan and some other provinces inside the country.”
Both the officials including Jan Mohammad Khan and Mr. Watanwal were killed following a late-night insurgent attack on his home on Sunday this week.
Soon after the attacks, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
The latest incident on Jan Mohammad Khan and Hashim Watanwal is followed a week after after President Karzai’s brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, assassination by one of his bodyguards at his home.
President Karzai’s spokesman, Wahid Omar on Monday said, targeted and serial killings of high-profile Afghan officials wouldn’t go without revenge.
The two were asked by Afghan House of Representatives following increase in violence across Afghanistan and continuous targeting of high profile officials.
A number of Afghan MPs are concerned about increasingly growing province at a time as Afghan security forces have begun to take security lead in some of the handover regions.
Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi, speaker of the House said, “The incident has caused widespread concern among the parliamentarians.”
In the meantime, a number of Afghan MPs representing Bamyan province also expressed concerns about possible security threats after Afghan security forces received the security responsibilities for the said province.
Fakour Beheshti, an MP representing Bamyan province, said, “Although Bamyan is one of the stable provinces in Afghanistan but still the number of security forces should be doubled from 800 forces which are currently stationed there.”