In what clearly showcases Pakistan's wicked face, several Afghan and international intelligence officials and diplomats stationed in Kabul have confirmed that the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, with the help of Pakistan's spy agency Inter Services Intelligence, has expanded its anti-India operations into Afghanistan and set up training camps, adding new volatility to the relationship between New Delhi and Islamabad.
The LeT is believed to have planned or executed three major attacks against Indian government employees and private workers in Afghanistan in recent months, officials said. Pakistan maintains that it no longer supports or assists the LeT, responsible for the ghastly November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, but its expanded activities in Afghanistan, particularly against Indian targets, prompt suspicions that it has become one of Pakistan's proxies to counteract India's influence in the war ravaged country, The New York Times reports. "Our concern is that there are still players involved that are trying to use Afghanistan's ground as a place for a proxy war," said Shaida Abdali, Afghanistan's deputy national security adviser. "It is being carried out by certain state actors to fight their opponents," Abdali added.
Experts are of the view that now the LeT presents
Afghan Interior Minister Hanif Atmar, who recently resigned following an altercation with President Hamid Karzai, also confirmed that the attackers, who targeted Indians during the deadly car bombing and suicide attack on two guesthouses in the heart of Kabul in February this year were "not Afghans."
"They were not Afghans," Atmar said. "What we know for sure is that it was planned, financed, organized, and that people trained for it, outside Afghanistan," he added. "Over the past six months more than four attacks in Kabul had suicide bombers with telephones that we recovered with active numbers that were from Pakistan," Atmar said.