Kabul hands Pakistan evidence on peace envoy killing

KABUL - Afghanistan's intelligence agency said on Saturday that it had handed Pakistan evidence that the Taliban's leadership plotted the recent assassination of ex-president and government peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani on Pakistani soil.
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said that the mid-September suicide bombing that killed Rabbani, the government's top peace negotiator, was plotted in an upmarket suburb of the Pakistani city of Quetta.
The Taliban leadership council is known as the Quetta Shura, and is believed to be based in that city, although the insurgent group says it operates only from Afghanistan. Pakistan denies the existence of any Taliban shura in Quetta.
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