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Karzai wants NDS-ISI accord revoked

AT-KABUL: Former Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, reacted to signing of the intelligence sharing accord between Kabul and Islamabad and asked immediate nullification of it by Afghan government, his office said on Wednesday.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was recently signed to pave the way for intelligence sharing between Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

The office of the former president issued a statement calling on the national unity government leaders to cancel the agreement immediately.

The statement further added that the former President has also urged the leaders of the unity government to restrain from signing agreements that are against the national interests of the country.

The signing of the agreement has sparked uproar among the current and former Afghan officials with reports suggesting that the NDS chief Rahmatullah Nabil opposed to ink the agreement.

Sources privy to the development said on Sunday that the agreement with ISI was signed by the deputy chief of NDS last week—probably during the recent visit of Pakistani delegation to Kabul.

The sources further added that the agreement will allow ISI to train and equip NDS personnel, but the agency on Monday rejected the reports and said NDS personnel was well equipped and trained than the regional spy agencies.

The Afghan intelligence and ISI will jointly interrogate the detained insurgents based on the agreement, the officials said.

NDS spokesman Haseeb Sediqi said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Pakistan is not against the national interests of the country and the agreement was concluded based on previous mutual cooperation between the two nations.

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