Karzai assures probe into embassy attack

The assurance came when Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao met him here to take stock of the situation in the wake of Thursday’s blast. They discussed issues related to the security of Indians and their assets in the face of continued threat from the Taliban.

Rao also discussed the situation arising out of the blast with Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta.

Sources said the Afghan government expressed confidence that it would be able to unravel within two to three days the conspiracy behind the attack.

The Afghan Foreign Ministry on Thursday hinted at Pakistani links as it said  the attack was “planned and implemented from outside the borders of Afghanistan”.

Rao said investigations were on to ascertain those behind the attack. “Whoever is responsible for this attack is against peace, is against democracy, is against the people of Afghanistan, is against the people of India,” she said.

Asked why the Indian Embassy was being targeted repeatedly, she said there are “forces, institutions and groups which are against friendship between India and Afghanistan.”
The Foreign Secretary conveyed to the Afghan leadership India’s commitment to the reconstruction of the war-ravaged country. She said the strategic relations between the two countries would never be affected by such incidents.

Spanta strongly condemned the attack and emphasised that the struggle in combating terrorism should be strong and more effective, said Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Zahir Fakiri.

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