Islamabad, Mar.7 (ANI): While links between the Kabul attack, in which 17 people, including six Indians were killed, and the ambush in Kandahar, in which four Pakistani labourers were killed, is yet to be established, the Pakistani media continues to blame India for creating trouble in Afghanistan.
According to The Nation, one of Pakistan's leading English dailies, Indian officials, with the possible involvement of their Afghan counterparts, had reached a covert agreement with 15 to 20 wanted Al-Qaeda militants, who are currently locked up at the Bagram airbase.
According to the newspaper, as per the deal the inmates would to be given thorough amnesty from severe punishments and torture they had undergone during interrogations besides lucrative bribes. In return, the detained militants would help India "regain its broken momentum in Afghanistan."
The report in the newspaper also said that Pakistan's recent action against Afghan Taliban leaders hiding inside its boundary has "not augur well for India, and both Afghanistan and India have started undermining Islamabad's successful operations against key Taliban leaders by blaming the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) for the February 26 terror attack in Kabul.
"Both Afghanistan and India had responded instantly to Kabul attack to accuse the same banned militant organisation. This response clearly indicates that it was pre-planned and well thought out," the report said.
Earlier, The News had also published a report quoting "some reliable sources" as saying that Indian Ambassador to Kabul Jayant Prasad and some top Indian diplomats had more than three meetings with the Afghan secret service Riyast-e-Amaniyat-i-Milly (RAM) chief Amarullah Saleh since the terror attack on a guest house in Kabul last month.
The newspaper also claimed that India's National Security Adviser (NSA), Shiv Shankar Menon, who visiting Kabul on Friday, has been in regular contact with the bosses of the secret service in Afghanistan.
It may be noted that RAM spokesman Saeed Ansari had told a western news agency that there was evidence that Urdu-speaking Pakistanis from the Lashkar-e-Taiba were involved in the Kabul attack and that the Afghan Taliban, which had claimed the responsibility soon after the terror raid on February 26,was not responsible for it. (ANI)