Karzai's killer traveled to Pak to meet Taliban insurgents weeks before assassination


Kabul, July 15 (ANI): Investigators are trying to determine whether Ahmad Wali Karzai's killer was a long-term Taliban sleeper agent or he had joined the insurgents recently. The killer, Sardar Mohammad, a police commander, had met with U.S. and British military officials on several occasions, shared intelligence and played a part in Afghan arrests of scores of Taliban fighters, The Washington Post reports. Mahmood Karzai, one of President Hamid Karzai's brothers, said the family has learned since the assassination that Mohammad traveled to the Pakistani city of Quetta within the past three months to meet with Taliban insurgents. He had also acted erratically in recent weeks, sleeping poorly, changing houses at night, acting suspiciously toward his men and demanding to know who they were talking to on their phones. "All of a sudden, he changed. This is the work of the Taliban," Mahmood Karzai was quoted, as saying by the paper. A senior Afghan official said Mohammad had attended a Pakistani madrassa in his youth before returning to Afghanistan. The official maintained that "the Taliban and the forces behind Taliban'' were responsible for the killing. (ANI)