Thursday, February 2, 2012

Syed Zaid Hamid Inside Story ( secret Nato & U.S report blame ISI ) - Aljazeera

liars caught once again.You will note that a massive coordinated attack has been launched against Pakistan army and ISI in global media.A strategic triangle whose sides are in India, Israel and the American participants in the single goal of destroying the last stronghold of Pakistan's strong in the Muslim world.

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ISI aiding Afghan militants: Nato(Blame Game)

LONDON  - Pakistan’s security services are secretly aiding Afghanistan’s Taliban, who assume their victory is inevitable once Western troops leave, a secret NATO document says, according to reports Wednesday.Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Cummings, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, confirmed the existence of the document, reported by Britain’s Times newspaper and the BBC.But he said it was not a strategic study. “The classified document in question is a compilation of Taliban detainee opinions and ideals but clearly should not be used as any interpretation of campaign progress,” he said. “It’s not an analysis, nor is it meant to be considered an analysis.” The leaked report was compiled from information gleaned from insurgent detainees and was given to NATO commanders in Afghanistan last month, the media reports said.The “State of the Taliban” document claims that Islamabad, via Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency, is “intimately involved” with the insurgency.The BBC said the report was based on material from 27,000 interrogations of more than 4,000 captured Taliban and Al-Qaeda operatives.“Pakistan’s manipulation of the Taliban senior leadership continues unabatedly,” the report was quoted as saying.Taliban captives revealed how Islamabad was using a web of intermediaries and spies to provide strategic advice to the Taliban on fighting Western coalition troops.“The government of Pakistan remains intimately involved with the Taliban,” the report said.“ISI is thoroughly aware of Taliban activities and the whereabouts of senior Taliban personnel. Senior Taliban leaders meet regularly with ISI personnel, who advise on strategy and relay any pertinent concerns of the government of Pakistan.“ISI officers tout the need for continued jihad and expulsion of foreign invaders from Afghanistan.”However, there was little evidence from the detainees that Islamabad was providing funding or weaponry.Kabul, which accuses Islamabad of supporting the 10-year Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, put relations on ice after the September murder of its peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani, which one Afghan minister blamed on Pakistani spies.The Times quoted the report as saying the Taliban’s “strength, motivation, funding and tactical proficiency remains intact”, despite setbacks in 2011.“Many Afghans are already bracing themselves for an eventual return of the Taliban,” it said.“Once (NATO force) ISAF is no longer a factor, Taliban consider their victory inevitable.”The US Department of Defense said it could not comment on the report but set out its fears about Pakistan and its influence in Afghanistan.“We have not seen the report, and therefore cannot offer comment on it specifically,” Pentagon spokesman George Little told AFP.“We have long been concerned about ties between elements of the ISI and some extremist networks.”US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta “has also been clear that he believes that the safe havens in Pakistan remain a serious problem and need to be addressed by Pakistani authorities.”The report said there had been unprecedented interest in joining the Taliban cause in 2011 - even from members of the Afghan government.“Afghan civilians frequently prefer Taliban governance over the Afghan government, usually as a result of government corruption,” it was reported as saying.It said the Taliban were deliberately going soft in some areas to encourage NATO troops to leave faster, while doing local deals with the Afghan forces who take over.Some in the Afghan security forces collaborated with the Taliban, selling arms and sharing intelligence, the report said.The Times, in an editorial, said Pakistan was “actively hindering reconciliation” between the Taliban and Kabul with a “systematic effort” to destabilise President Hamid Karzai’s government.“The ISI emerges from this document looking considerably more villainous, even, than the Taliban itself,” it said.Meanwhile, Pakistan on Wednesday hit out angrily at a leaked NATO report accusing its spies of secretly aiding the Afghan Taliban. “This is frivolous, to put it mildly. We are committed to non-interference in Afghanistan and expect all other states to strictly adhere to this principle,” foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Basit told AFP.A senior security official condemned the leak, as reported by the BBC, which also broadcast a documentary “Secret Pakistan” last year accusing parts of Pakistan’s intelligence service of complicity with Taliban militants. “The report is not available, leaks not worth commenting,” he told AFP.“We are also committed to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process,” foreign ministry spokesman said.Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar who is visiting Kabul has dismissed the NATO report, saying it can be “disregarded.”“We can disregard this as a potentially strategic leak... This is old wine in an even older bottle,” she told reporters in Kabul.The leaked NATO report overshadowed a fence-mending visit by Khar to Kabul.The leak came as spectacularly bad timing for the one-day visit, which was aimed at thawing frosty ties between the two neighbours, blighted by mutual accusations over the violence in both countries.Later, Nato insisted that the Taliban have been weakened as the alliance downplayed the impact of a leaked report showing the insurgents confident of victory once Western combat troops leave in 2014.“The Taliban have suffered tremendous setbacks on the battlefield in the last year, and we know that they’ve lost a lot of ground and they’ve lost a lot of leaders,” NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu told reporters in Brussels.Support for the Taliban is also “at an all-time low,” she said, adding that Afghan security forces, which are meant to take over from NATO troops by the end of 2014, are “getting stronger and more capable every day.”The spokeswoman said she would not comment on a classified document but she added that it was “basically a summary” of statements made by Taliban detainees during interrogations.“So it’s what they think or what they would like us to believe they think,” she said on the eve of a two-day meeting of NATO defence ministers in Brussels.

Pakistan Denies Leaked Report’s Claim of Alliance with Taliban

Pakistani warplanes bombarded Taliban hideouts in Peshawar. Pakistan dismissed renewed accusations that elements of the Pakistani government are aiding the insurgency in Afghanistan, claims made in a leaked  U.S. military report on the war.

“It seems to be a report that is detached from reality,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit. “Pakistan’s commitment to end the insurgency along the Pak-Afghan border has been very strong over the years and we had to pay a very high price for that. Thousands of our soldiers and civilians have lost their lives in the fight against militancy.”

The leaked document was reported to have been based on interviews with some 4,000 detainees at Bagram airbase, allegedly members of the Taliban or al-Qaeda as well as civilians. Bagram is well known as a Guantánamo-like base for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. 

As Pakistani officials were out denying any ties with Afghan insurgents and Taliban leaders, Pakistani warplanes bombarded militant hideouts in the northwestern tribal area of Peshawar early Wednesday morning, killing at least 20 Taliban insurgents, according to Pakistani officials.


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