Pak army officers behind attack in Mazar-i-Sharif, says Afghan police

Kabul: Pakistan Army officers are behind attack on Indian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, a senior Afghan police officer said.

“We saw with our own eyes and I can say 99 percent that those attackers were from Pakistani military and used special tactics while conducting their operation," said Sayed Kamal Sadat, a chief of Afghanistan’s northern Balkan province.

“The attackers were military personnel. They were educated and well prepared and had intelligence. They fought us and only by Allah's grace were we able to control them and eliminate them,” he said.

Indian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif came under attack on January 3 after a group of armed assailants tried to storm into the building. However, their attack was foiled by ITBP officials and Afghan forces in an operation that lasted nearly 25 hours. One police officer lost his life and nine others including three civilians were wounded.

“We are jointly working with the NDS (National Directorate of Security) director and have spoken about this -- especially as they came here not able to speak in Dari or Pashtu but speaking in Urdu. It means obviously there is someone who guided those attackers and helped the attackers," the Tolo News quoted Mr. Sadat as saying.

News about Pakistan army’s involvement comes a day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that there is no reason to distrust Pakistan’s assurance of “effective actions” against those involved in Pathankot terror attack.

News24 Bureau