It has become increasingly difficult for neighbouring countries to trust Pakistan as far as anti-terror co-operation is concerned. After India, it’s Afghanistan’s turn to blame Pakistan for its alleged involvement in the January 2 terror attack on the Indian Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif.

Illustration - Photo: REUTERS/Parwiz
Illustration – Photo: REUTERS/Parwiz

The concerned authorities in Kabul have claimed that some Pakistani military officers were involved in the recent attack on the Indian Consulate. A senior Afghan police officer has said that assailants, who attempted to storm the mission building, had contacted some senior Pakistani military officials before the attack. Police Chief of Afghanistan’s Balkh Province Sayed Kamal Sadat even told the media a couple of days ago: “We saw with our own eyes and I can say 99% that those attackers were from Pakistani military and used special tactics while conducting their operation.”

Citing a police report, Sadat said that attackers were basically well-trained Pakistani military officers, or else they couldn’t fight Afghan security forces for 25 hours. “The attackers were military personnel. They were educated and well prepared and had intelligence. They fought us and only by God’s grace were we able to control them and eliminate them,” he added.

The senior Afghan police official’s revelation is a huge blow for Islamabad, which has always countered New Delhi’s claim that Islamist terrorists are carrying out anti-India activities from Pakistan. Now, Afghan investigators have found connection between the terrorists and Pakistani military establishment. Sadat further assured India that the Afghan forces would try hard to track down, identify and detain those who had assisted the attackers to gain access to a building situated near the Indian consulate.

Meanwhile, the Indian External Affairs Ministry has received a report on the attack from the Afghan government in which it is clearly stated that assailants, who attempted to storm the mission building on January 3, had enough weapons for extending the standoff till the night of January 4. A senior ministry official said that New Delhi would handover the report to Islamabad as a proof of the involvement of the Pakistani military in attacking Indian consulate on foreign soil.

The Narendra Modi government also thanked Afghanistan for strengthening security around the main embassy building in Kabul and Indian missions in other main Afghan cities, like Jalalabad, Herat, Kandhar and Mazar-e-Sharif.

Koushik Das, based in the Indian capital of New Delhi, is a senior news editor with more than 15 years of experience. He also runs a blog - Boundless Ocean of Politics. E-Mail: [email protected]