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A vehicle is set on fire after a blast near the Afghan Parliament in Kabul.— Reuters/File
A vehicle is set on fire after a blast near the Afghan Parliament in Kabul.— Reuters/File

KABUL: Afghanistan's intelligence service says a Pakistani intelligence officer helped the Taliban carry out an attack on parliament earlier this week.

Afghan intelligence services spokesman Hassib Sediqqi said Wednesday that the officer in Inter-Services Intelligence helped the Haqqani network carry out the attack outside parliament in Kabul, which killed two people and wounded more than 30 as lawmakers were meeting inside.

Take a look: Brazen Taliban attack on Afghan parliament kills two.

Sediqqi said the suicide car bomb used in Monday's attack was manufactured in Peshawar, adding that Afghan authorities were made aware of the attack on June 10 and had deployed extra security.

Afghan-Pakistani relations had improved in recent months following years of mistrust, during which each country accused the other of supporting militants operating along their porous border.

Almost a month ago, ISI and the Aghan intelligence agency— National Directorate of Security (NDS)— signed a landmark deal aimed at bolstering the fight against terrorism.

Know more: ISI, Afghan intelligence in landmark deal.

Under the agreement, the two intelligence agencies would cooperate in counter-terrorism operations. An essential element of the accord was a provision for joint probe of terrorism suspects. The ISI would also equip the NDS and train its personnel.

At that time, a Pakistan government official had said that the signing of the agreement represented the new-found trust between Islamabad and Kabul, particularly between their security and intelligence establishments.

When contacted, Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah rejected the allegation on ISI, saying that this was not the first time such claims had been made by Afghanistan's intelligence personnel.

The FO spokesman said Pakistan's policy vis-a-vis Afghanistan was clear, adding that the two brotherly countries shared a common enemy, a sentiment which has been earlier expressed by PM Nawaz Sharif and army chief General Raheel Sharif.

Pakistan had vehemently condemned Monday's attack on the Afghan legislature, he said, and will continue to support its neighbour in the war against terror.

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Shehzad Jun 24, 2015 10:36pm

Serious allegation.

Hope the Afghans can prove this claim.

Intel agencies usually do not have their men on the ground to conduct these type of attacks. Proxies are specifically for this purpose.

Nevertheless a cowardly attack.

Asif Jun 24, 2015 10:36pm

Not surprised coming out from our "brotherly country". How much more we need to tolerate this nonsense? How much more we need to suffer from our "Afghan Brothers" economically, morally and emotionally?

atif Jun 24, 2015 10:42pm

if the car got 'manufactured' in pakistan, that's no proof. many afghan (so called) refugees live in pakistan and afghanistan refuses to take them back. get all of those back and there would be peace in both countries

(SAK) USA Jun 24, 2015 11:05pm

not enough proof

khudadad Jun 24, 2015 11:13pm

After Peshawar Attack the relation Between Pakistan And Afghan melt down both country agree to cooperate with each other ,some enemy of peace who are funded by India do not like this which are part of Afghan Army intelligence..... this accident is plain in operate by such people who do not want good relation between pak/afghan

rational guy Jun 24, 2015 11:42pm

Clearly relations can now go downhill

Baba Ladla Jun 24, 2015 11:44pm

India is trying their best to create a wedge between the two countries.

Abdulla Hussain Jun 24, 2015 11:50pm

Rubbish, at a time when Pakistan is enjoying the best of relationship with Afghanistan & co-operating & supporting Afghanistan's fight against terror why would ISI even think of such activity. Those who thought that Afghanistan will fall in their pocket have miserably failed in their plan. They fear that their so call diplomatic corridor along Pakistani would no longer yield anything worth for them now.

Imran AB Jun 24, 2015 11:50pm

I really hope this is not the case.

Rizwan Khan Jun 25, 2015 12:24am

Authorities must take this seriously, and make sure that we do not have any black sheep in our responsible ranks.

khan Jun 25, 2015 12:29am

Its useless attempt to disturb pak-afg relation.pakistan focusing on its own problum.if any evidence with them its should be shared on military channel. everyday there are many propaganda borns there.we have good relation with russia.

Pragmatist Jun 25, 2015 01:13am

Only the God knows how far the Afghani claim of our involvement in the latest attack is true. I personally hope it is absolutely false. We have learned our lessons and Pakistan has no further interest in creating violence for our brother. However its true that Haqqanis are trouble makers and our support for them should come to an end.

Saharyar Jun 25, 2015 01:46am

Being a pakistani i strongly oppose this activity of ISI. We should not interfare afganistan. Look at internal problems of pakistan, stop trying to occupy afganistan.

Ghaznavi Jun 25, 2015 02:06am

Afghans have tendency to blame their failures on Pakistan. The have always been back stabbers.

mazhar Jun 25, 2015 02:07am

we condemn such attacks . we must send them back to their country now no more refugee brothers please. isis establishing it self in afghanistan comeon put on the blame of your failure on isi. simply an effort to undermine the gains ....

Ifti Jun 25, 2015 02:25am

@khan : This is definitely a conspiracy of a group or a country which does not want to see improved relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Saad Jun 25, 2015 02:26am

If there is substantial proof, share with Pakistan government. If the accusation is true, then Pakistan should tale swift action against that ISI officer who facilitated the attack.

Incase the accusation is false, then i want Afghan government to publicly apologize and give us affirmation that there wont be such baseless accusations against Pakistan or its intel agencies.

Imran Jun 25, 2015 02:34am

Afghanistan cannot ameliorate its security situation and relations with Pakistan if this kind of gaffes continues. Pakistan has relentlessly been trying to facilitate peace deal between Afghan government and Taliban which is also required for stability inside pakistan. Afghans should understand it and disallow such kinds of conspiracies.

GOGA Pehlwan Jun 25, 2015 02:43am

there will ever be someone hitting on ISI .. we damn care whoever say anything . We love our intelligence agency and we shall keep on doing so .

maverick Jun 25, 2015 02:52am

Pakistan itself is a victom of terrorism. This does not conclude that Pakistan was involved. We are victom of terror and those attacks are initiated from our soil as well. Please ensure when you use a country name share proofs.

Waleed Jun 25, 2015 04:44am

What more we can expect from a callow intelligence

Hashim Khan Jun 25, 2015 04:45am

I wonder it's that easy for any dimwit representing a government to get up and accuse another govt and then get away with it.

Sarfaraz Abbasi Jun 25, 2015 05:26am

Oh please! Afghanistan and their spy-agency :-)

saz Jun 25, 2015 05:30am

Pakistan should seriously investigate and punish Intelligence services agents who ever was involved. This allegation can not be in air. Pakistan should stop keeping a deaf ear.

Mekal Faruki Jun 25, 2015 06:03am

Afghanistan, invaded by the US due to its terrorism, is no position to lecture anyone about terrorism. Afghanistan has been in one war after another for over a hundred years, Afghanistan is its own worst enemy.

Tariq K Sami Jun 25, 2015 06:59am

Both sides have black sheeps in their organisations.