Pakistan deny Afghan claim of attack on Abdullah Abdullah


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday rejected Afghan claims it was linked to an attack on presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah last week that left 12 people dead ahead of an election run-off.

The denial came a day after Kabul accused “foreign intelligence services” — a thinly veiled reference to Islamabad — of being behind the two blasts, including a suicide bombing.

“We firmly reject any insinuation of Pakistan’s involvement in the attack,” Pakistan’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said in a statement.

Abdullah survived the assassination attempt, which happened on Friday. The attack triggered strong international condemnation, including from the United States and the UN Security Council.

“Pakistan is deeply disappointed by these irresponsible allegations as they serve to vitiate the positive environment created between the two countries through constructive efforts over the past many months,” Aslam said.

Aslam said, “The latest allegations fall in the familiar pattern of certain elements in Afghanistan sparing no occasion to malign Pakistan and its security institutions and shifting the blame to others for their own security failures.

“We are sure that neither the Afghan people, nor the international community, would be misled by these motivated allegations,” she added.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday rejected Afghan claims it was linked to an attack on presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah last week that left 12 people dead ahead of an election run-off.

The denial came a day after Kabul accused “foreign intelligence services” — a thinly veiled reference to Islamabad — of being behind the two blasts, including a suicide bombing.

“We firmly reject any insinuation of Pakistan’s involvement in the attack,” Pakistan’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said in a statement.

Abdullah survived the assassination attempt, which happened on Friday. The attack triggered strong international condemnation, including from the United States and the UN Security Council.

“Pakistan is deeply disappointed by these irresponsible allegations as they serve to vitiate the positive environment created between the two countries through constructive efforts over the past many months,” Aslam said.

Aslam said, “The latest allegations fall in the familiar pattern of certain elements in Afghanistan sparing no occasion to malign Pakistan and its security institutions and shifting the blame to others for their own security failures.

“We are sure that neither the Afghan people, nor the international community, would be misled by these motivated allegations,” she added.

(AFP)

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