Karzai hints at Pakistan after gunmen attack Indian consulate in Nangarhar
By Khaama Press - Thu Mar 03 2016, 7:43 am
The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai hints at Pakistan following a coordinated attack on Indian consulate in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, saying the attack is part of a trend of such attacks launched from Pakistan.
Karzai is currently in India, participating the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi. “They are simply attacking India’s presence in Afghanistan, whenever they get the opportunity,” Karzai told The Hindu during an exclusive interview.
He said “The whole spectrum of the India-Afghan relations, the relationship itself, is the target of the attacks.”
Emphasizing on emanation of terror from Pakistan being a sigle reasonfor problems between Kabul and Islamabad, Karzai said “What is there in the relationship between India and Afghanistan that would irk someone so much that they would come and attack the Indian consulates, or attack Afghanistan.”
Karzai further added “Each of those attacks has originated from across the border, from the neighbouring Pakistan. That’s where the origin of this trouble is: the Lashkar-e-Taiba is from there, the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Jaish-e- Mohammad, all these outfits are from Pakistan. So, the sanctuaries, the training grounds, the financial factors and the motivating factors are all inside Pakistan, and come from across the border.”
At least three people including a policeman lost their lives and 19 others sustained injuries in the attack on the consulate which was launched by a group of at least 6 militants.
There were no casualties to Indian diplomats and consulate employees, the officials said, adding that a policeman and two civilians were among those killed and 19 others were wounded including women and children.