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Pakistani’s Spy Agency Supports Taliban

From a seemingly surprised Associated Press:

The Pakistani army presents alleged militants standing behind their seized weapons before members of the media, in Mamund in the Pakistani tribal area of Bajur along the Afghanistan border, Wednesday, June 9, 2010.

Report: Pakistani spy agency supports Taliban

By Sebastian Abbot, Associated Press Writer

June 13, 2010

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s main spy agency continues to arm and train the Taliban and is even represented on the group’s leadership council despite U.S. pressure to sever ties and billions in aid to combat the militants, said a research report released Sunday

[T]he report issued Sunday by the London School of Economics offered one of the strongest cases that assistance to the group is official ISI policy, and even extends to the highest levels of the Pakistani government.

"Pakistan’s apparent involvement in a double-game of this scale could have major geopolitical implications and could even provoke U.S. countermeasures," said the report, which was based on interviews with Taliban commanders, former Taliban officials, Western diplomats and many others…

Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, spokesman for the Pakistani army, which controls ISI, rejected the report, calling it "rubbish." …

He pointed out ISI has suffered many casualties fighting militants in the country.

But the Pakistan military’s campaign has been focused on Pakistani Taliban battling the state, not Afghan Taliban waging war against NATO troops in Afghanistan. The army has resisted U.S. pressure to wage offensives in areas of the country the Afghan Taliban use as sanctuaries, despite billions of dollars in American military and civilian aid.

Many analysts believe Pakistan is reluctant to turn against the Afghan Taliban because the government believes the group could be a key ally in Afghanistan after NATO forces withdraw, and the best partner for countering the influence of archenemy India in the country.

Yes, if it were not for the Taliban, those warlike Hindus would just overrun Pakistan and reabsorb it.

"Interviews suggest that Pakistan continues to give extensive support to the insurgency in terms of funding, munitions and supplies," said the report.

In addition, "ISI continues to sanction and support military training centers for insurgents and a large number of (Islamic schools) that actively encourage their students to fight in Afghanistan," it said.

The report said Pakistani support is channeled toward both the Afghan Taliban led by Mullah Mohammad Omar, who is believed to be based in the Pakistani city of Quetta, and the Haqqani network, which is allied with the Taliban but operates fairly independently. The Haqqani network is based in the North Waziristan tribal area along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s spy agency has considerable control over both groups and even has agents on the Taliban’s leadership council, which is known as the Quetta shura, said the report.

"Interviews strongly suggest that the ISI has representatives on the shura, either as participants or observers, and the agency is thus involved at the highest level of the movement," it said.

One of the most surprising allegations in the report is that Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and a senior ISI official visited some 50 high-ranking Taliban fighters this spring being held at a secret prison in the country and told them they were only arrested because of U.S. pressure.

Zardari reportedly told them they would be released and that Pakistan would help support their operations, according to a Taliban member who was one of about a dozen insurgents set free just three days after the president’s visit

Of course this should not come as a surprise to anyone besides the Associated Press and the rest of our media watchdogs.

As we have oft noted, the media-canonized Benazir Bhutto helped to create and fund the Taliban. (It’s still not clear whether they or Al Qaeda, or both of them, assassinated her.)

And of course Mr. Zardari is Ms. Bhutto’s grieving widower.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 13th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Pakistani’s Spy Agency Supports Taliban”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    “Pakistan Spy Agency Supports Taliban”

    I’m shocked, shocked, I tell you.

  2. canary says:

    The footage of Pakistan’s people & children dancing in the streets after 9/11 said it all. Why would their leaders be any different.
    I think Obama needs to pay them a visit & kick their as*s on his way to June vacation to Indonesia.

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