Kabul: Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday
appointed a team to investigate the assassination of peace
envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani as officials insisted they were
getting "closer to the truth" about his death.
Rabbani, chairman of Karzai`s High Peace Council, was
killed by a turban bomber who had purported to be a peace
emissary from the Taliban leadership.
His death threatens fresh turmoil in Afghanistan, with
experts saying it could lead his Tajik supporters, who
provided the bulk of resistance to the Taliban when they were
in power, to reject all efforts to talk peace.
Officials also revealed that last week they arrested a
man who spoke to the killer on the phone the day before
Police and other senior figures have blamed the Taliban
for the attack, but unusually, the leaders of Afghanistan`s
ten-year insurgency have so far refused to comment on it.
The investigation will be led by Afghan defence minister
Abdul Rahim Wardak, seen as close to Karzai, a statement from
the presidential palace said.
The statement added: "As a result of actions taken to
identify the elements behind Ustad (professor) Rabbani`s
assassination, an arrest has been made and information
obtained from him is bringing us closer to the truth."
A government source speaking on condition of anonymity
said that the arrested man had spoken to the bomber the
day before the attack.
The bomber, who was believed to be a trusted Taliban
emissary, had left the official guest house where he was
staying to speak to the man, the source said.