AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: National Security Council (NSC) rejected signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on intelligence sharing with Pakistan. The NSC said that only draft of the MOU has been signed between the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Pakistani spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
Najib Manalai, spokesman for the NSC, while talking to newsmen said that the two countries have only inked draft of the MOU. He added that the draft was signed to lay out ground for technical process of the deal. “The deal would be credible once political agreement was reached between the two countries and it was signed by the chairman of NDS and DG ISI,” Manalai said. Manalai said that contents of security deals are usually not shared with the general public.
Since the day the draft has been signed, reservations and tensions have started erupting across the country.
Ex-President Hamid Karzai in a press statement issued by his office last week expressed his deep concern over signing of the MOU. He urged the incumbent government to annual it.
According to Hasib Seddiqi, spokesman for the NDS, signing of the MOU was aimed at expansion of cooperation and coordination spy agencies of the two countries in fight against terrorism.