Friend and Ally Update: “Pakistan ordered killing of Indian engineer in Afghanistan, Karzai mounts pressure,” from India Defense, with thanks to Twostellas:
New Delhi: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has asked Pakistan to clarify after a Taliban commander claimed that Pakistani intelligence had a hand in the beheading of an Indian engineer in Afghanistan last month.
Karzai’s chief of staff, Jawed Ludin, said this week that the administration expected Islamabad to explain its position on the accusation that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) ordered the killing of K. Suryanarayana, a website quoted a report of Afghanistan’s private Tolu TV network as saying.
A Taliban commander told the TV network that Amir Khan Haqqani, identified as the military commander of Taliban fighters in Zabul province, opposed the killing of Suryanarayana, who was abducted by the Taliban in Zabul April 28, the website afgha.com said.
The source alleged that Suryanarayan was eventually killed by Mullah Latif, a militiaman under the command of Mawlawi Mohammad Alam Andar, on orders from ISI….
That was the second such murder by the Taliban. Nearly five months ago, Ramankutty Maniyappan, an engineer with the Indian Border Roads Organisation (BRO), was kidnapped and beheaded by the Taliban.