Shar­ing in­for­ma­tion

Southasia - - Briefing -

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.”

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