Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Pakistan: Pakistan rejects German spying allegations

Source: IRNA

Islamabad,Nov 1, IRNA – Pakistani officials have rejected a German newspaper report that country’s top intelligence agency spied on German security forces in Afghanistan, media report said here Monday.

Daily ‘Dawn’ reported that Germany's foreign intelligence service, the Bundes Nachrichten Dienst (BND) warned its interior ministry that Pakistan had spied on 180 German police officers deployed in Afghanistan to train locals.

A Pakistani foreign ministry official has been quoted as saying, “The report is ridiculous and useless”.

Pakistan Army spokesman Major-General Athar Abbas has also rejected the report adding the report was not worth commenting on.

The United States has long suspected Pakistan, or elements within the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), of supporting militant groups in order to increase its influence in Afghanistan, particularly after Nato troops leave in 2014.

US Admiral Mike Mullen, before retiring as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had said that Pakistani intelligence supported Taliban linked Haqqani network in an attack on US embassy in Kabul.

Pakistan says it has sacrificed more than any other country that joined the US war on terror after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.