Pak’s dirty double game nailed, ISI ‘officially’ supporting Taliban insurgency
LONDON - In a damning proof of Pakistan’s sinister double game which it is playing in Afghanistan, a report by the London School of Economics (LSE) has established a clear link between the Afghan Taliban and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).
The report, which is based on several interviews and is backed by two top western security officials, said that supporting the Taliban was the ‘official’ strategy of the ISI, and that ‘Pakistan appears to be playing a double game of astonishing magnitude in Afghanistan.’
“As the provider of sanctuary and substantial financial, military and logistical support to the insurgency, the ISI appears to have strong strategic and operational influence - reinforced by coercion. There is thus a strong case that the ISI orchestrates, sustains and shapes the overall insurgent campaign,” the report said.
The ‘magnitude’ of ISI’s support can be gauged from the fact that up to seven of the 15-man war council (shura) of the Taliban are said to be Pakistani intelligence agents.
Even the former head of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, Amrullah Saleh, who resigned last week after President Hamid Karzai questioned his loyalty, put a stamp on this nefarious strategy of Pakistan.
“The ISI is part of the landscape of destruction in this country, no doubt, so it will be a waste of time to provide evidence of ISI involvement. They are a part of it,” The Times Online quoted Saleh, as saying.
The report prepared by Matt Waldman, a Harvard analyst, also claimed that even President Asif Ali Zardari was hand in gloves in the crime.