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‘Pak’s ISI involved in Rabbani’s assassination’

Pakistan’s spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) played a role in the assassination of Afghan High Peace Council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani, Afghanistan’s Interior Minister Bismillah Mohammadi has said.

Afghanistan’s intelligence agency said that the Taliban leadership plotted the assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani on Pakistani soil.
The Interior Minister, giving testimony in parliament, also said that a key person involved in the plot of Rabbani’s assassination- Hameedullah Akhondzada- has been arrested.

“Without any doubt, Pakistan’s ISI hand has been involved,” The News quoted Mohammadi, as telling lawmakers, while discussing Rabbani’s killing.
“We have detained Hameedullah Akhondzada, who confessed that it was nothing but a plot,” he added.

Mohammadi said that Islamabad had been given a list of those involved in Rabbani’s killing, adding that a fact-finding mission would visit Pakistan for further investigation into the matter.

At a separate news conference, Rahmatullah Nabeel, acting chief of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS), also said that Akhondzada had been detained, but gave no details.

Nabeel said that the September 20 suicide bombing was plotted in an upmarket suburb of Pakistan’s Quetta city.
“A confession from those we detained in regard to Rabbani’s assassination shows a direct involvement of the Quetta Shura,” Lutfullah Mashal, a spokesman for the Afghan intelligence service, was quoted as saying.

He said that one of those arrested was a key player in the plot to kill Rabbani.
“(He) provided evidence and documents which we have submitted to the Pakistan Embassy. Based on mutual cooperation and diplomatic ties with Afghanistan, Pakistan is obliged to take action,” Mashal told a news conference in Kabul.

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