Wanna-be Assassination Via Pakistan

the purple finger

A

Purple

Finger

from

Afghan

Abdullah

Abdullah

 

 

 

 

 

~~~

Agence France-Presse (Kabul)

The Guardian

June 8, 2014

~~~

Afghanistan has accused “foreign intelligence services” of being behind an attack targeting presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah that killed 12 people, in a veiled reference to Pakistan.

Abdullah survived the assassination attempt on Friday when two blasts, including a suicide bombing, hit his campaign motorcade in Kabul ahead of next weekend’s hotly contested run-off election.

“Initial investigations indicate foreign intelligence services were involved in this incident through [Pakistan-based militant group] Lashkar-e-Taiba in an organised manner, and the terrorists were aiming to disrupt the election,” Afghanistan’s national security council said in a statement.

Pakistan was the main supporter of the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan, and Afghan officials have long voiced suspicions about connections between the hardline movement and Islamabad’s powerful intelligence services.

Sunday’s accusation comes after Afghanistan said last week that it was pulling out of security talks in Islamabad in anger at cross-border attacks blamed on the Pakistani army, which it said were designed to disrupt the second round of its presidential election.

The NSC “condemned” increasing numbers of “rocket attacks [by the] Pakistani military against the country”, which it said were aimed at disrupting the run-off ballot due to be held on 14 June.

The attempt to assassinate Abdullah triggered strong international condemnation, including from the United States and the UN security council.

Afghanistan is in the middle of elections to choose a successor to Karzai, who has ruled since the autumn of the 1996-2001 Taliban regime.

Abdullah fell short of the 50% threshold needed for an outright victory in the April first round and will face former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani in the run-off.

The NSC statement said Friday’s attack on Abdullah was “the worst incident during the election campaign.”

~~~

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/08/foreign-intelligence-accused-of-attack-on-abdullah-abdullah

~~~

Advertisements

Go ahead!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s