Afghan govt hints at involvement of foreign hand in attack on Pakistan Embassy

Afghan govt hints at involvement of foreign hand in attack on Pakistan Embassy

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid on Monday confirmed that the terrorist behind the attack on the Pakistani Embassy in Afghanistan last week had been arrested.

He said that the arrested suspect belongs to IS – which had claimed responsibility of the attack.

Mujahid said that during the investigation, they learned that the planning of the attack was jointly carried out by IS and another militant group.

He also hinted at involvement of a foreign hand in it which aimed at ruining relations between two Islamic neighboring countries.

The spokesperson said that further investigation from the suspect was underway.

The Foreign Office on Sunday said that Pakistan was verifying the reports claiming that the Daesh group has taken responsibility for an attack on Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul.

In a statement cited by jihadist monitor SITE, the Daesh regional chapter said it had “attacked the apostate Pakistani ambassador and his guards”.

Following, in a statement on Sunday, the Foreign Office spokesperson stated,“We have seen reports that IS-KP has accepted responsibility for the terrorist attack on the Pakistan Embassy compound on 2 December 2022. Independently and in consultation with the Afghan authorities, we are verifying the veracity of these reports.”

“This notwithstanding, the terrorist attack is yet another reminder of the threat that terrorism poses to peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region. We must act resolutely with all our collective might to defeat this menace. On its part, Pakistan remains steadfast in its commitment to combat terrorism,” it added.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has called it “an assassination attempt” on the head of the mission, and demanded an investigation.

A Kabul police spokesperson said one suspect had been arrested and two light weapons seized after security forces swept a nearby building.

 

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