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Pakistan Says Afghanistan Promoting 'Artificial Crisis' Through Terror Accusations


Pakistan is rejecting allegations that its intelligence agencies and armed forces have been behind a recent string of attacks across Afghanistan. VOA's Barry Newhouse reports from Islamabad that Afghan officials say they have proof of Pakistan's involvement, but they will not publicly disclose it.

Afghanistan's Cabinet has accused Pakistani agents of hundreds of attacks, including plotting the assassination attempt against President Hamid Karzai in April, masterminding an elaborate prison break in Kandahar in June, and bombing the Indian embassy in Kabul this month.

Afghan officials say they had hoped Pakistan's civilian government would reign in the intelligence agencies from interfering in Afghan affairs, but instead, officials said the agencies activities have intensified in recent months.

Presidential spokesman Humayun Hamidzada told reporters in Kabul Tuesday that they have proof of Pakistani involvement in the attacks, but Afghan officials will only disclose it to their counterparts if the Pakistanis are interested in addressing the problem.

"We do want good relations with Pakistan," he said. "We do want to resolve our issue through talks, cooperation and collaboration. Now the ball is in the Pakistani court and we would like to see them act in good faith and show that they are sincere."

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry Tuesday rejected what it called "baseless allegations" against its intelligence agencies. A ministry statement said Afghanistan is creating what it called an "artificial crisis" in relations.

Afghanistan has suspended three upcoming meetings with Pakistani officials, including a meeting later this month to discuss border security.

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