Karzai condemns reports of CIA payroll for top Afghan officials
The Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office Saturday strongly condemned US media reports alleging that his government's top officials received cash from CIA, dpa reported.
However, the response did not deny the accusations.
The New York Times and Washington Post reported that CIA pays cash to senior government figures in Kabul in return for information.
"These reports are a part of an attempt to divert attention from the greater priorities of war on terror, avoiding civilian causalities and disbanding private security companies" a statement issued by Karzai's office said.
"We strongly condemn such irresponsible allegations which just create doubt and defame responsible people of this country," it said.
The agency is paying Mohammed Zia Salehi, the chief of administration for Afghanistan National Security Council, for information, the New York Times reported.
Salehi was arrested by US-backed forces, a month ago after intelligence services recorded Saheli's on the telephone admitting corruption. Later, President Karzai released Salehi.
"Afghanistan believes that making such allegations will not strengthen the alliance against terrorism and will not strengthen an Afghanistan based on the law and rules, but will have negative effects in those areas," the statement said.