Afghanistan says Pakistan’s ISI helped in parliament attack

Afghanistan says Pakistani intelligence officer helped carry out Taliban’s parliament attack earlier this week

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Afghanistan claims that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has an involvement in this week’s parliament attack carried out by the Taliban.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack that was carried out on Monday through its spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid.

The Afghan intelligence spokesman, Hassib Sediqqi, said an officer, who he called “Bilal” without articulating his full name, in Pakistan’s ISI helped the Haqqani network carry out the attack, killing two people and leaving more than 30 wounded during a meeting between lawmakers inside the parliament.

Seddiqi adds that Afghan authorities were informed of the attack on June 10, and had arranged extra security. He says the car bomb used in the attack was manufactured in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Taliban militants attacked Afghanistan’s parliament building in the capital, Kabul on Monday. Lawmakers were conducting a meeting inside the parliament, and were rushed to safety following the attack. Several people were left wounded.

The attack was coordinated by at least one suicide bomber and several fighters. Six of the attackers were killed following two hours of gunfire after special forces were deployed to the scene.

Late in April, the Taliban announced the launch of a ‘’spring offensive,’’ following the withdrawal of foreign forces from the country, in order to take advantage of the Afghan security forces’ lack of preparedness.

Heavy attacks have hit Kabul over the past several weeks, including a bomb attack on a guesthouse and another on an EU vehicle near Kabul International Airport which killed a British security contractor and two civilians.

Recently, Afghan-Pakistani relations had begun to improve following years of tension, following claims that the Pakistani intelligence was providing support to the Afghan Taliban.

The ISI was accused of discretely harbouring and supporting the TTP, and a former top military official claimed the civilian deaths caused by the Taliban were simply “collateral damage” in his interview with Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hassan. Islamabad, however dismissed the charges of sponsoring the Taliban.

TRTWorld and agencies