PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD - Intelligence agencies yesterday claimed to have arrested an Afghan national from Charsadda in connection with the airbase attack.

According to police sources, the raid was carried out in Palo-Dheri area of Charsadda. The detainee was named as Bakhtiar and shifted to an undisclosed place for investigation. According to sources, the lawmen have been in hunt for one of his runaway accomplice.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told a group of reporters in Islamabad that Nadra could not verify the identity of nine attackers of Bhadber airbase.

All of the unidentified terrorists (nine) are foreigners, the interior minister said while avoiding comment on the nationality of those attackers.”As of today nine, out of 14, terrorists are not Pakistanis as Nadra have no record of their identity,” he added.

Twenty-nine people, including Pakistani soldiers, were killed last week when a group of 14 terrorists stormed an airbase in Peshawar.

The minister, however, said the mastermind of the terror strike was identified who was operating from Afghanistan. “It has been identified where the attackers stayed and from where they moved,” he said.

The TTP had already owned up to the attack and it was crystal clear that the militant organisation operated from Afghanistan, he said adding that said Pakistani government would share proof with the Afghan government.

“After the launch of operation in the tribal areas, the infiltration to Afghanistan from Pakistan has shrunk and now Afghanistan should do so,” he said.

The people of Pakistan from the core of their hearts wanted peace in Afghanistan, the minister said and urged the Afghan government to avoid blame game.

“It is misconception from Afghanistan. Many anti-voices come from there after any terrorist incident that give rise to speculations,” he said.

The interior minister viewed that Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) DG gave a very measured statement after the attack that people from Afghanistan were involved and not the state.

“We have agreement with Afghanistan that both sides would convey their reservations through diplomatic and military channels,” he said.

He said that Pakistan was clear in connection with respect to relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan wanted same from other side.

He hoped that Afghanistan would not speak ‘someone other’s language’. “Both countries should continue bilateral relations as the security situation of both the sides was interlinked,” he said.

He advocated for fencing of border area with Afghanistan to reduce infiltration.

He stressed the need for joint efforts by Pakistan and Afghanistan to stop infiltration permanently since

He said up to 40,000 people daily cross border from Afghanistan to Pakistan daily. He ruled out any operation of Pakistani forces into Afghanistan and said that Pakistan had not talked with Afghanistan till yet about extradition of its wanted persons.

Nisar said he would talk to Prime Minister of forming a special committee, comprising officials from SBP, IA, intelligence and provincial counter terrorism (CTD) departments to stop terror financing in the country.

“We will give this proposal to PM after Eid. There is need to separate terror financing and hundi/hawala business,” he said. Replying another question, the minister said Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICTA) had written a letter to PTI that it could not be allowed to hold rally inside red zone on October 4.