Afourteen member Afghan delegation led by Afghan Deputy Intelligence Chief, General Hassam Hassamuddin met with a Pakistani delegation in Islamabad, headed by Interior Minister Rehman Malik, to share information on the high-profile murder of former Afghan President, Burhanuddin Rabbani. The Quetta Shura, which has claimed responsibility for the assassination of the peace negotiator, is known to operate from Pakistan. Rabbani’s assassination that came amidst his efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table caused severe strains in the Af-pak relationship. Afghan security forces have accused the ISI of involvement while the former has denied the claim.
Following the two-day meeting, sources claimed that though the environment was cordial, the result of the meeting was “not negative.” With no specific resolution, the level of cooperation and further probe into the situation remains unclear. However, separately in a meeting with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on the sidelines of the recent SAARC summit in the Maldives, Afghan President Hamid Karzai refused to move forward until “Pakistan fully cooperates in the investigation of Rabbani’s murder.”