Pakistan’s Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif has told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that no “technical traces” of telephonic contact between the Kabul university attackers and people on its side of the border could be found, Pakistan media reported.
According to Dawn news, this information was conveyed during a telephone conversation between Ghani and Sharif.
This comes after Ghani said there was credible evidence that the university attack, which claimed the lives of at least 16 people, was planned by insurgents from across the border.
Dawn news reported that a Pakistan security source said the Afghan government shared three mobile phone numbers allegedly operating on the Pakistani side of the border, which it claimed had remained in contact with the attackers.
The report stated that the Pakistani army initiated a combing operation along the Afghanistan- Pakistan border near Chaman to find the suspected persons.
“We searched, but no-one was found during the operation,” the security source told Dawn news.
A Pakistan intelligence agency statement, meanwhile, said: “Our evaluation of the evidence provided and outcome of Combing Operation so far, has shown that all Afghan SIMs used during the attack were from a network owned and operated by an Afghan company whose spillover signal affects some areas along the Pak-Afghan border.”
Pakistani intelligence agencies are, however, continuing with the evaluation of the intelligence shared by Afghanistan after the attack.