IN an email sent to journalists from a verified Taliban account, a spokesman for the group said it had obtained the plan, maps and other documents relating to the meeting “with the help of infiltrators”, The Telegraph reports.
The email contained 20 pages from the alleged plan, and appeared to carry the signatures of US and Afghan military officials and the telephone numbers of senior security officials. The documents detailed the deployment of forces to protect the president Hamid Karzai and gives the number of soldiers in each security belt.
But the claim has been dismissed by the Afghan ministry of the interior as “propaganda”.
Sediq Seddiqi told Al Jazeera that the Taliban was desperate for attention.
“The plan is highly classified, with only four or five members of the assembly’s security committee having access to it,” he said.
The Loya Jirga, to be held on Nov 16, brings together community leaders to discuss the future of peace talks with the Taliban as well as harnessing support for a long-term US military presence in the country. The Taliban has not been invited to take part.
The group targeted last year’s Loya Jirga with rockets as the president addressed the crowd of 1600 leaders.