Kabul: Afghanistan`s intelligence service said
on Saturday it has given Pakistan hard evidence that former Afghan
President Burhanuddin Rabbani`s assassination was planned in
the southern outskirts of the Pakistani city of Quetta where
key Taliban leaders are based.
The Taliban have not claimed responsibility for killing
Rabbani, who headed the Afghan government`s effort to broker
peace with the insurgents.
A suicide bomber claiming to be a peace emissary from the
Taliban killed Rabbani at the former president`s home on Sept.
20 by detonating a bomb hidden in his turban.
Rabbani`s death was a major setback to US-backed efforts
to broker peace with insurgents and end the nearly decade-long
On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in
New York last week, an Afghan intelligence official said
Rabbani`s death was plotted for four months by the Afghan
Taliban`s governing council known as the Quetta Shura, named
after the city in southern Pakistan.
Lutifullah Mashal, a spokesman for the Afghan
intelligence service, provided the first details about where
the assassination was allegedly planned at a news conference
"The place where Professor Rabbani`s killing was planned
is a town called Satellite near Quetta, Pakistan," Mashal told
reporters. "The key person involved in the assassination of
Rabbani has been arrested and he has provided lots of strong
evidence about where and how it was planned. We have given all
that evidence to the Pakistan embassy."