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Afghanistan should conduct India-like surgical strikes: Ex-NDS chief

AT-KABUL: Former intelligence chief Rahmatullah Nabil said Sunday Afghanistan should conduct India-like surgical strikes against all terrorist groups.

Nearly 10 days after the Uri attack that claimed 18 Indian soldiers, New Delhi carried out surgical strikes inside the Pakistani-occupied Kashmir, inflicting heavy casualties on terrorists and those protecting them and indicating a change of stand on the rules of engagement on the disputed line of control.

In an interview with the NewsX, Nabil said: “We should conduct surgical strikes with the coalition forces here, against terrorist camps spreading terrorist activities in the country but not against civilians.”

Answering a question that if Pakistan attacks Indian missions and in installations in Afghanistan, Nabil said: “They would definitely try because of our close ties with India. But I am sure they will not succeed.”

“We have enough evidences that Pakistan backs all terrorist groups under the name of Haqqani network or for that matter Lashkar-e-Tayyaba. We arrested the brother of Siraj Haqqani who confessed that he was living in Murree, close to Islamabad. They have safe havens in cities, not just in rural areas. Hafiz Saeed holds gatherings in cities. There is no doubt that Pakistan and Daesh is supporting these terrorists.” he added.

Nabil resigned in December 2015 shortly after issuing an unusual statement, slamming Pakistan for supporting the anti-government elements in Afghanistan and criticizing President Ghani for his approach.

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