Pakistan sees Indian, Afghan link with air base attack

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan has gathered intelligence information regarding Friday’s terrorists attack on a Pakistani Air Force mosque and the adjoining areas and has recorded conversations between attackers and their handlers in Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s defence minister Khawaja Asif told journalists that Indian intelligence RAW had planned and financed the attack while Pakistani military spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa told journalsits on Friday that the attackers
were in contacts with their handlers in Afghanistan during the attack. Other reports confirmed that the attackers were speaking Afghan-Persian, a language spoken in Norther Afghanistan which is under the control of pro-Indian Northern Alliance in Afghanistan.
At least 29 men including 16 people praying morning prayer were killed and another 30 were injured in the attack. All 13 terrorist attackers were also killed in response to security forces operation.
India and Northern Alliance leaders are opposed to any peaceful settlement between Kabul regime and Afghanistan Taliban due to the fear that they would lose power if majority Pashtun (dominated by Afghan Taliban) are allowed to share powers in Afghanistan.
There were reports that second round of Afghan peace process initiated by Pakistan but broke down due to suspicious attacks in Kabul was to resume next month after Talibans’ leadership crisis was settled when Mullah Muhammad Omar’s son and brother had accepted the leadership of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, the newly elected Taliban supreme leader. -PPA

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