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Northern Alliance blamed for Afghan violence

July 17, 2008

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PESHAWAR, July 16: The Hizb-i-Islami of Afghanistan has accused the Northern Alliance of orchestrating the bloodshed and growing violence in Afghanistan and said the alliance had launched a propaganda campaign against Pakistan with India’s support.

In a two-page statement in Pashto issued here on Wednesday, the Hizb rejected reports that Pakistan was behind the conflict in Afghanistan and said that the government in Islamabad had always supported the Karzai regime.

“Pakistan, being a staunch ally of the US in the war on terror, backed Afghanistan.”

The statement said that elements of the Northern Alliance were burning down schools, killing innocent people, including Ulema, the elderly and children, and destroying public property to defame the ‘Mujahideen’.

The Hizb said people should identify the elements who were responsible for deterioration in the law and order situation and take them to task.

It said that all Afghans knew that the Northern Alliance wanted to get monetary benefits from India and for that purpose it was maligning Pakistan.