ISI, Taliban, and HIA behind poisoning students in Afghanistan: NDS
Wed Jul 04, 2:42 pm
Though the reason for poisoning the schoolgirls is not yet clear, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) accuses Pakistan’s intelligence agency (ISI), the Taliban, and Hizb-i-Islami (HIA) groups of being involved in the poisoning attacks on the girls’ schools.
In a telephone conversation with Ariana TV, the NDS spokesman Lutfullah Mashal said the Taliban and Haqqani Network during a meeting in Quetta city of Pakistan had evidently decided to focus especially on burning schools to intimidate and threaten students in Afghanistan.
Mashal stated the poisoning incidents that occurred in some different provinces were the outcome of the same Quetta meeting.
The Interior Ministry also blames the poisonings on ISI, Taliban and Haqqani Network, saying the perpetrators will be confronted seriously.
Whoever may be behind the poisoning of students are the enemies Afghanistan and its citizens, and they should be dealt with harshly, says Attaullah Wahidyar, head of press office of the Ministry of Education.
These statements come as the poisoning of students has intensified in the country. According to some reports, about two thousand students so far have been poisoned in different provinces.
Though some arrests have occurred, most of the perpetrators of these incidents have not yet been brought to justice, and the reasons they have been poisoning girl students are not yet clear. Afghan government officials have blamed the poison attacks on the Taliban and on intelligence agencies of neighboring countries.