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LeT implicated in Kabul attacks

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_AFGHANISTAN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2010-03-02-13-08-36

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An Afghan intelligence official put the blame Tuesday on the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba for staging the deadly car bomb and suicide attacks that targeted foreigners last week in Kabul.

The assertion that the attacks in the Afghan capital were the handiwork of Lashkar-e-Taiba – the same militants that India blames for the 2008 Mumbai terrorist assaults that killed 166 – could jeopardize recently restarted peace talks between Pakistan and India.

….India is among the largest economic donors to Afghanistan and has some 3,500 citizens living here. New Delhi has also expressed an interest in training Afghan security forces, angering Pakistan.

India’s growing role in Afghanistan is strongly opposed by Pakistan, which wants a friendly Afghan government without ties to its rival. Pakistan and India have fought three wars – two over Kashmir – since their independence from Britain in 1947.

The Afghan Taliban, which has had longtime ties with Pakistani intelligence services, also opposes Indian influence in part because of New Delhi’s links to some of its rivals.

by teru kuwayama at 2010-03-02 18:57:51 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-us-envoy-refuses-to-blame-let-for-kabul-attack-430-hh-07

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“US envoy Richard Holbrooke has rejected New Delhi’s claim that recent terror strikes in Kabul specifically targeted Indians.

At a Tuesday afternoon briefing at the State Department, Mr Holbrooke urged both India and Pakistan to stop blaming each other without substantial proof.

Responding to a question from an Indian journalist, Mr Holbrooke refused to accept claims by Indian and Afghan officials that recent terrorist attacks in Kabul were launched by Lashkar-e-Taiba and were aimed specifically at Indians.

“In regard to this attack, I don’t accept the fact that this was an attack on an Indian facility like the (Indian) embassy,” he said. “They were foreigners, non-Indian foreigners hurt. It was a soft target. Let’s not jump to conclusions.”

Mr Holbrooke also criticised the tendency in India and Pakistan to blame each other for such incidents."

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