Pakistan Rejects Claims of ISI Involvement in Attack on Afghan Parliament

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has categorically denied claims made by the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) earlier this week that the Pakistani intelligence service (ISI) was involved in coordinating the attack on the Afghan Parliament building last week.

Qazi Khalilullah, the Pakistani’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, denounced the allegations that an ISI officer had helped the Haqqani Network plan and execute the attack, which left five civilians dead and dozens injured. Qazi maintained that Islamabad is committed to fostering an inter-Afghan dialogue that will lead to peace.

“The allegations have been leveled against the ISI and its offices in the past as well,” he said Khalilullah said on Friday. “We rejct these allegations, Pakistan is a well-wisher of Afghanistan, and we are committed to our good neighborly relations.”

According NDS spokesman Haseeb Sediqi, the leader of the Haqqani Network’s military arm, Mawlawi Sheerin, was the mastermind of the attack. However, an ISI officer named Bilal is thought to have provided financial and logistical support for the Haqqani Network.

“This attack by the Haqqani group was organized with major support from someone named Bilal, an officer of the ISI,” Sediqi said on Wednesday. “In this operation, the attackers were provided with approximately 7.5 million Pakistani rupees.”

Meanwhile, political analyst have speculated that the objections of many MPs to the Memorandum of Understanding between the NDS and ISI are what likely led to the attack.

“The people of Afghanistan and the world are aware that Pakistan’s civilian government has always offered the hand friendship, but they never supported an honest friendship,” Parliament’s Internal Security Commission deputy Mohammad Faisal Sami said Friday. “They always targeted the people of Afghanistan from behind.”

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