‘ISI killing US troops in Afghanistan’
Fri, 19 Dec 2008 06:01:29 GMT
President Bush declared war against Afghanistan right after September 11. The title of this war was “ War on Terror”.
Pakistan’s powerful spy agency is working with groups that support the Taliban and are killing American troops in Afghanistan, a US report says.
“All of this suggests that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is no longer certain the coalition forces will prevail in Afghanistan and that it is using militants groups in an attempt to expand its own influence,” the report said.
The report by the bipartisan Pakistan Policy Working Group also cites the Afghan government’s allegations that ISI-supported elements that orchestrated an assassination attempt on Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and that the ISI had a role in the July 7 car bombing of Indian embassy in Kabul.
The 43-page report notes Pakistan may be the greatest challenge for US President-elect Barrack Obama.
The report came as Pakistani major media outlets said that the ISI had been cleared of any involvement in the Mumbai terrorist attacks by the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). According to Karachi-based Dawn, FBI agents interrogated Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist for nine hours in Mumbai. They concluded that he was a Pakistani national but ISI was not involved.
Political experts say ISI was accused of being involved in the Mumbai attacks due to its past associations with the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which received CIA and ISI support to fight the soviet-backed government in Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari said the US and its Western allies promoted extremism as a tool to counter the influence of the Soviet Union in the region.
“The world worked to exploit religion against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan by empowering the most fanatic extremists as an instrument of destruction of a superpower,” Asif Ali Zardari wrote in an opinion piece for The New York Times.
The strategy, he said, worked, but its legacy was the creation of an extremist militia with its own dynamic.
Meanwhile, Frontier Post said in an editorial, “The Indians in cahoots with the Americans, and the British to some extent, are using this ruse to get at Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, ISI. Their ultimate aim is, of course, the Pakistan army’s pulverization. But their immediate aim is to hobble ISI, the first line of Pakistan’s defense apparatus.”
‘ISI elements support groups backing Taliban’
ISLAMABAD: Elements in the ISI are engaging with the groups that support the Taliban and are killing American, NATO and Afghan troops, according to a US think tank report. The report by the bipartisan Pakistan Policy Working Group also cites the Afghan government’s allegations that the ISI-supported elements had orchestrated an assassination attempt on Hamid Karzai, and that the ISI had a role in the July 7 car bombing of Indian embassy in Kabul. “All of this suggests that the ISI is no longer certain the coalition forces will prevail in Afghanistan and that it is using militants groups in an attempt to expand its own influence,” the report says. sajjad malik (Daily Times, 19 Dec 2008)
ISI prevents discovery of Taliban base
Mon, 15 Dec 2008 10:15:44 GMT
Pakistani intelligence has prevented a suicide bomber, arrested before carrying out an attack, from identifying a connected Taliban base.
The Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has taken 17-year old Shakiel al-La’l out of police arrest and transferred him to the city of Peshawar by helicopter to keep him from identifying the religious school where he spent the night prior to the planned attack, Radio Pashto reported on Sunday.
According to the report, people who had gathered for prayer at the Hazrat-e-Ali (Pbuh) Mosque in the Pakistani city of Dera Ismail Khan got suspicious of Shakiel al-La’l and arrested him before he was able to carry out the bombing.
Radio Pashto said Shakiel al-La’l’s home-town is Darra Adam Khel, another city in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province.
After his arrest, the schoolboy told the police that he was recruited by Taliban militants and transferred to the tribal region of Orakzai where he trained for suicide attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan (Sep. 2 – Sep. 30.)
He also said that a few days ago, a man called ‘Abdullah’ had brought him to Dera Ismail Khan by bus so that he could carry out the Mosque bombing.
Shakiel says on the day of the attack, he decided not to set off the bomb, after entering the mosque and seeing the crowded hall filled with ‘people and small children’.
“I asked myself why I should kill these people while they are praying. It was then that I had a feeling of remorse,” Shakiel told the police according to Radio Pashto.
The detained teen added that, although he could, he did not detonate the explosive belt he was wearing around his waist, or use a gun he was given, when two men grabbed him from behind.
During the police interrogation, Shakiel said that he could identify the religious school where he spent the days before his arrest, despite being unfamiliar with the city.
He added that if taken there during daytime, he would recognize the school, because it was close to a farmyard.