Pakistani duplicity update from Reuters, with thanks to Fanabba:
KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan security forces have arrested three Pakistanis for allegedly planning to assassinate the U.S. ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan government official said on Monday.
The Pakistanis, who were suspected of being linked to a Pakistani Islamic militant group, were arrested in the eastern province of Laghman on Saturday, the day before Khalilzad made a visit there, said the official, who did not want to be identified.
“They admitted they were there to try to get Khalilzad,” he said….
The Afghan official said the three men were caught in the Laghman’s Charkhakan district with two AK-47 rifles and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher….
The official said it was unclear to which militant group the men belonged. “But we are pretty sure they are linked to a Pakistani militant group, the Taliban or al Qaeda,” he said.
Khalilzad, has been outspoken in his criticism of Pakistan in recent days, despite its status as a key ally in the U.S.-led war on terrorism.
In an interview with Afghan television on Friday, he said there was a good chance Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar was hiding in Pakistan and accused Islamabad of failing to act against fugitive Taliban leaders, charges Pakistan called “irresponsible.”