ISLAMABAD – Even though the Afghan government’s agencies continued blaming Pakistani premier spy agency for carrying out Kabul’s hotel blast, the supreme commander of Pakistan armed forces President Mamnoon Hussain will be be attending a one day spring festival in Kabul.
According to official announcement, Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain will visit Kabul today (Thursday) to participate in the Nowruz festival. This will be his first visit to Afghanistan since taking office in September.
The one-day visit comes after the Afghan government alleged that Pakistani intelligence may have played a role in deadly attacks in Kabul last week – a suggestion Pakistan vehemently denied.
The Afghan National Security Commission 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 neighboring Pakistan.
Nowruz, the Persian New Year, is a major holiday in Afghanistan.
“At the invitation of President Hamid Karzai, President Mamnoon Hussain will be visiting Afghanistan on 27 March 2014 to participate in the Nawroz Festival,” said a statement by the foreign ministry.
“The President’s visit is part of the efforts to strengthen bilateral relations with Afghanistan in all dimensions and support efforts for durable peace, stability and prosperity in the region,” the ministry said in a statement available on its website.