Following the US-Taliban agreement, perpetrators for many deadly and targeted attacks have remained unclear, something that has raised questions by lawmakers and analysts who say the intelligence apparatus should be strengthened to prevent such incidents.
The attack on Kabul University last week and the IED explosion on Central Bank employees are the two recent incidents in which perpetrators are unknown so far. The Taliban has rejected their involvement in the university attack. Daesh claimed the responsibility, but the government blamed the Taliban for the attack.
“This shows intelligence weakness. Security forces should be more active in intelligence to prevent such attacks,” said Khan Agha Rezaee, an MP from Kabul.
“We cannot make any progress unless we activate counterterrorism intelligence bodies,” said Zia Yaftali, an MP from Badakhshan.
A senior UN official called the attacks complicated and said that any attack that harms the Afghan government is in favor of the Taliban.
“In terms of responsibility and the occasion we do see claims of responsibility from ISIL Khorasan, there are cases where the responsibility is not clear. I don’t want to comment in detail on the recent attacks because I don’t actually have a clear understanding of who is responsible but what I will say is that we certainly have seen some cases in the past where ISIL Khorasan has claimed responsibility for an attack but this has not been clear whether that they were responsible for it,” said Edmund Fitton-Brown, Monitoring Team Coordinator of the United Nations.
But the Presidential Palace has blamed the Taliban for these attacks.
“The war policy and denial are clear for the people of Afghanistan. The only way left for the Taliban is that they should accept a ceasefire and enter meaningful talks,” presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said.