ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has dismissed allegations of its link to the attack on CIA agents at an Afghan base in 2009.
According to a heavily redacted declassified US government document obtained by the National Security Archive, a non-governmental research institute at George Washington University, a Pakistani spy agency and the Haqqani network were allegedly involved in facilitating the attack.
The Dec 30, 2009 attack on Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost in eastern Afghanistan, carried out by a Jordanian doctor who was working as a double agent for Al Qaeda and the Taliban, was one of the most devastating in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency, killing seven and wounding six.
The Foreign Office on Friday rejected the declassified document, terming the allegations as preposterous.
The FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria said in a statement “we were shocked and deeply saddened when precious American lives were lost at the Chapman facility in 2009 in an unfortunate attack that was later claimed by TTP in a publicly available video, featuring the suicide bomber with the leader of the TTP”.
He further recalled that in recent years Pakistan army has severely damaged and weakened the TTP and other militant and terrorist organizations in its various operations. “Pakistan is determined to eradicate the scourge of terrorism and has taken action against all terrorist elements, without discrimination”.
The document is heavily censored and it is not clear whether it represents an intelligence agency consensus or fragmentary reporting. One line, which has been crossed out, says: “This is an information report, not finally evaluated intelligence.”