ISLAMABAD – Afghan interior ministry, National Directorate of Security (NDS) and intelligence officials have been trying hard to link one deadly attack at the hotel in Kabul with Pakistan, however, Pakistan’s foreign office rejected all such claims categorically.
In an official communique issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Pakistan condemned the move by Afghan officials.
The official communique stated “Pakistan has condemned the terrorist attack on the Sarena Hotel in Kabul, which claimed many innocent lives. A Pakistani national has also sustained serious injuries and remains under treatment.”
Condemning the move of Afghan officials to link attackers with Pakistan, it stated “It is highly disturbing that attempts are being made to somehow implicate Pakistan in this terrorist incident. We reject the insinuation. The tendency to immediately blame Pakistan is unhelpful and should be discarded.”
Ministry also raised eye brows over the Afghan Interior Ministry’s concern for the recently-initiated dialogue process with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) stating that the Afghan leadership, at the highest level, has been expressing its support for this initiative.
The NSC said the attack on the hotel, which was carried out by four teenage gunmen and claimed by the Taliban, was in fact the work of “foreign intelligence services” — a phrase normally meant to mean neighbouring Pakistan.