Pakistan rejects Afghanistan accusations in Hotel attack

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Pakistan on Monday rejected allegations by Afghan government that its intelligence agency could be behind an attack on a five-star hotel in capital Kabul, slamabad, March 24, IRNA reported.

Afghan Taliban had claimed responsibility for the attack on Hotel Serena which had killed at least nine people including a journalist and his family members.

Afghanistan intelligence agency, the National Directorate for Security (NDS), in a veiled reference to Pakistan, said the "operation had been implemented by foreign intelligence agencies."

A statement from the Afghan Presidential Palace said that another report of NDS reveals that recently a Pakistani diplomat who frequented the Kabul Serena Hotel for using sport club there, had filmed the corridors of the hotel which objected by the hotel employees.

Pakistan angrily rejected the allegations in a statement.

"It is highly disturbing that attempts are being made to somehow implicate Pakistan in this terrorist incident. We reject the insinuation. The tendency to immediately blame Pakistan is unhelpful and should be discarded," the Foreign Ministry said.

"Pakistan remains committed to building a positive and mutually beneficial relationship with Afghanistan. This, however, requires a conducive environment for constructive engagement," a Foreign Ministry statement said.

The Foreign Ministry said it is surprised to see the Afghan Interior Ministry expressing concern over the recently-initiated dialogue process with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, even though the Afghan leadership, at the highest level, has been expressing its support for this initiative.

"As for the Afghan elections, Pakistan has repeatedly underlined its support for efforts to ensure a free and fair electoral process."

The statement said Pakistan has condemned the terrorist attack on the Sarena Hotel in Kabul, which claimed many innocent lives. A Pakistani national has also sustained serious injuries and remains under treatment, it said.

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