Pakistan won't co-operate on Rabbani death, says Karzai
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Afghanistan says Pakistan is refusing to co-operate with investigations into the killing of Kabul government peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani. Afghan investigators asked to meet the head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, ISI, but claim General Shuja Pasha showed no interest.
Earlier this week, Pakistan rejected allegations from Afghan Interior Minister Bismillah Mohammadi that the ISI was linked to Rabbani’s assassination.
Rabbani's killing in Kabul on 20 September 20 has prompted President Hamid Karzai to reconsider his strategy for talking peace with the Taliban.
In a televised address Monday, Karzai condemned Pakistan's "double game" on terrorism in Afghanistan. Many Afghans are suspicious of Pakistan's connections to the Taliban-led insurgency in their country.
But despite this condemnation, Karzai nonetheless restated the view that negotiations had to go through Pakistan in order to get to the Taliban.
The NDS, Afghanistan's intelligence service, said it had handed evidence in Rabbani's killing to Pakistani officials to take action last Thursday.
It has also alleged that the killer was a Pakistani and the attack was planned in the Pakistani town of Quetta.