Karzai: Attack on Afghan Spy Chief plotted in Pakistan
By Sadaf Shinwari - Sat Dec 08 2012, 2:04 pm
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday a suicide bombing that wounded his intelligence chief was planned in the Pakistani city of Quetta and that he would raise the issue with Islamabad.
Karzai did not provide any evidence to back up his claim, and he did not accuse the Pakistani government of having any role in the attack.
Less than three months on the job, Afghan spy chief Asadullah Khalid was wounded Thursday in a bombing on the grounds of the National Directorate of Security, which he heads.
This was the first time a senior government official has been hurt in Afghanistan’s capital since former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani was killed in September 2011 by a
man carrying a bomb in his turban.
Karzai said, “We will contact Pakistani officials to seek clarification because we know this man who came in the name of a guest to meet Asadullah Khalid came from Pakistan. We know that for a fact.”
“We will be asking for any inforamtion they may have and will seek clarification firly and clearly from Pakistan”, Karzai said adding that, “Like many other attacks Taliban has claimed responsibility behind the incident but Taliban group is unable to perform such a complicated attack in a way to hide the bomb in his body.”
Karzai also said, “The job was carried out very professionally and there are bigger and professional hands involved behind the incident since Taliban group is unable to do that.”
He said, “We are hoping to receive a positive information from Pakistan and serious cooperation of Pakistan in this regard since this is a very important issue for us.”
The bomber had secured the face-to-face meeting in Kabul with Asadullah Khalid, head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) since September, by posing as a Taliban messenger potentially interested in helping broker peace talks.
The blast left Khalid with injuries to his abdomen and lower body, but he has been stabilised and is expected to recover. The unusual placement of the bomb may have saved Khalid’s life, as most of the force of the explosion appears to have been directed downwards.