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Covert ISI Support for Talibans :: Afghan Taliban gets Pakistan Help – U.S.

March 27, 2009

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COVERT ISI SUPPORT FOR TALIBANs
Afghan strikes by Taliban get Pak help, say US aides

M MAZZETTI ,E SCHMITT and M RAHAMAN
Washington, Islamabad & New Delhi, March 26: The shadowy “S Wing” of the ISI of Pakistan Government is directly backing the Taliban in Southern Afghanistan, senior Pakistani officers admit, explaining the nexus is meant not so much harm the US force as to offset Indian influence in Afghanistan.
According to US officials, the Taliban’s fight against Western forces has been made possible by support from Pakistan’s military intelligence agency. The support consists of money, military supplies and strategic planning guidance.
As New Delhi reacts that a new dimension is needed to repair the decaying Democracy in Pakistan at present, the conventional anti Indian stand is being adopted again to stay on the political scenario by both the parties in power and opposition in Pakistan. Tactfully, they are trying to switch over the situation into the Kashmir issue again, even taking the most dangerous help from the talibani and other Islamofascist group more active in Pakistan having its root in Afghanistan also.
The Taliban’s widening campaign in southern Afghanistan is made possible in part by direct support from operatives in Pakistan’s military intelligence agency, despite Pakistani government promises to sever ties to militant groups fighting in Afghanistan, according to American government officials.
The support consists of money, military supplies and strategic planning guidance to Taliban commanders who are gearing up to confront the international force in Afghanistan that will soon include some 17,000 American reinforcements.
Support for the Taliban, as well as other militant groups, is coordinated by operatives inside the shadowy S Wing of Pakistan’s spy service, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, the officials said. There is even evidence that ISI operatives meet regularly with Taliban commanders to discuss whether to intensify or scale back violence before the Afghan elections.
Details of the ISI’s continuing ties to militant groups were described by a half-dozen American, Pakistani and other security officials during recent interviews in Washington and the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. All requested anonymity because they were discussing classified and sensitive intelligence information.
The American officials said proof of the ties between the Taliban and Pakistani spies came from electronic surveillance and trusted informants. The Pakistani officials interviewed said that they had firsthand knowledge of the connections, though they denied that the ties were strengthening the insurgency.
American officials have complained for more than a year about the ISI’s support to groups like the Taliban. But the new details reveal that the spy agency is aiding a broader array of militant networks with more diverse types of support than was previously known — even months after Pakistani officials said that the days of the ISI’ playing a “double game” had ended.
Pakistan’s military and civilian leaders publicly deny any government ties to militant groups, and American officials say it is unlikely that top officials in Islamabad are directly coordinating the clandestine efforts. American officials have also said that midlevel ISI operatives occasionally cultivate relationships that are not approved by their bosses.
In a sign of just how resigned Western officials are to the ties, the British government has sent several dispatches to Islamabad in recent months asking that the ISI use its strategy meetings with the Taliban to persuade its commanders to scale back violence in Afghanistan before the August presidential election there, according to one official.
But the inability, or unwillingness, of the embattled civilian government, led by President Asif Ali Zardari, to break the ties that bind the ISI to the militants illustrates the complexities of a region of shifting alliances. Obama administration officials admit that they are struggling to understand these allegiances as they try to forge a strategy to quell violence in Afghanistan, which has intensified because of a resurgent Taliban. Fighting this insurgency is difficult enough, officials said, without having to worry about an allied spy service’s supporting the enemy.
But the Pakistanis offered a more nuanced portrait. They said the contacts were less threatening than the American officials depicted and were part of a strategy to maintain influence in Afghanistan for the day when American forces would withdraw and leave what they fear could be a power vacuum to be filled by India, Pakistan’s archenemy. A senior Pakistani military officer said, “In intelligence, you have to be in contact with your enemy or you are running blind.”
The ISI helped create and nurture the Taliban movement in the 1990s to bring stability to a nation that had been devastated by years of civil war between rival warlords, and one Pakistani official explained that Islamabad needed to use groups like the Taliban as “proxy forces to preserve our interests”.
A spokesman at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington declined to comment for this article.
Over the past year, a parade of senior American diplomats, military officers and intelligence officials has flown to Islamabad to urge Pakistan’s civilian and military leaders to cut off support for militant groups, and Washington has threatened to put conditions on more than $1 billion in annual military aid to Pakistan. On Saturday, the director of the CIA, Leon E. Panetta, met top Pakistani officials in Islamabad.
Little is publicly known about the ISI’s S Wing, which officials say directs intelligence operations outside of Pakistan. American officials said that the S Wing provided direct support to three major groups carrying out attacks in Afghanistan: the Taliban based in Quetta, Pakistan, commanded by Mullah Muhammad Omar; the militant network run by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar; and a different group run by the guerrilla leader Jalaluddin Haqqani.
Dennis C. Blair, the director of national intelligence, recently told senators that the Pakistanis “draw distinctions” among different militant groups.
“There are some they believe have to be hit and that we should cooperate on hitting, and there are others they think don’t constitute as much of a threat to them and that they think are best left alone,” Blair said.
The Haqqani network, which focuses its attacks on Afghanistan, is considered a strategic asset to Pakistan, according to American and Pakistani officials, in contrast to the militant network run by Baitullah Mehsud, which has the goal of overthrowing Pakistan’s government.
Top American officials speak bluntly about how the situation has changed little since last summer, when evidence showed that ISI operatives helped plan the bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul, an attack that killed 54 people.
“They have been very attached to many of these extremist organisations, and it’s my belief that in the long run, they have got to completely cut ties with those in order to really move in the right direction,” Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said recently on “The Charlie Rose Show” on PBS.
The Taliban has been able to finance a military campaign inside Afghanistan largely through proceeds from the illegal drug trade and wealthy individuals from the Persian Gulf. But American officials said that when fighters needed fuel or ammunition to sustain their attacks against American troops, they would often turn to the ISI.
When the groups needed to replenish their ranks, it would be operatives from the S Wing who often slipped into radical madrasas across Pakistan to drum up recruits, the officials said.
The ISI support for militants extends beyond those operating in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan. American officials said the spy agency had also shared intelligence with Lashkar-e-Toiba, the Pakistan-based militant group suspected in the deadly attacks in Mumbai and provided protection for it.
Zardari took steps last summer to purge the ISI’s top ranks after the United States confronted Pakistan with evidence about the Indian Embassy bombing. Mr. Zardari pledged that the ISI would be “handled,” and that anyone working with militants would be dismissed.
Yet with the future of Zardari’s government uncertain in the current political turmoil and with Obama officials seeing few immediate alternatives, American officials and outside experts said that Pakistan’s military establishment appears to see little advantage in responding to the demands of civilian officials in Islamabad or Washington.
As a result, when the Haqqani fighters need to stay a step ahead of American forces stalking them on the ground and in the air, they rely on moles within the spy agency to tip them off to allied missions planned against them, American military officials said.
Anyway , the experts on contemporary middle-east and Pakistan view that such supports from both sides in the matter of Jihadi-Talibani militancy can only expose the truth and must count down the de-regimentation of these terrorists forces, facing a hard challenge from the global community.

Mark Mazzetti reported from Washington, Eric Schmitt from Washington and Islamabad, Pakistan and M Rahaman from New Delhi

Courtesy :: NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE, THE TELEGRAPH CALCUTTA & ALERTPAKTIMES NEW DELHI

Pak Terrorists pace towards India to paralyse Parliamentary Election.

March 25, 2009

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Kashmir on alert amid fears of militant incursion: Police Chief

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Jammu, March 25 (IANS) Areas in Jammu and Kashmir bordering Pakistan have been put on ‘highest alert’ after reports that militants are getting together to penetrate into India ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, says the state’s police chief.
Director General of Police Kuldeep Khuda said after a brief ‘deceptive lull’, Pakistan has restarted pushing infiltrators into the state.
Security forces ‘have been asked to be on highest alert on the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border’ after reports that militants are grouping to infiltrate to this side, Khuda told IANS in an interview.
He said Pakistan continued to support militancy and push terrorists into Kashmir though there had been a drop in infiltration and ‘terrorist activities after the Nov 26 Mumbai attacks’.
‘I don’t find a change in the attitude of Pakistan as far as terrorism is concerned. Also there are indications that it (Pakistan) might gradually raise the pitch as per (its) convenience,’ Khuda said.
‘Pakistan resorted to cosmetic actions (after Mumbai attacks). But things reversed in no time,’ the police chief added, referring to increased movement of militants in the Kashmir Valley, particularly in the border district of Kupwara.
At least 19 people, including 11 guerrillas and eight army troopers, were killed in a long- drawn gun fight between militants and security forces in the Shamswari forests of Kupwara early this week.
The police chief still feels confident that the situation in the state is ‘well under control’ ahead of the five-phase parliamentary polls, which begin April 16 and end May 13.
‘Though there are terrorists still operating in the state, the situation is well under control,’ he said.
He said parliamentary polls threw challenges to the police like ‘atmosphere where people can come out freely to vote without any intimidation or threat of militants and separatists to boycott’.
The most important challenge, he said, was the security of candidates, public meetings, campaigners, political activists, polling booths and voters.
‘Prime requirement is to create a security atmosphere where people feel and participate in the electoral process and cast their votes.’
According to the police chief, there are about 700 to 800 militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir with ’40 percent of them (being) foreigners’.
‘Pakistani terrorists are taking initiative and carrying out major strikes while locals are being used as helpers,’ he said.
Khuda noted with concern the developments in Pakistan where the ‘establishment has virtually given up its role in Swat and Peshawar, thus giving boost to the morale of militants operating there. And if (militant) activities increase, it is a matter of concern not only for Pakistan but for us.’

About the reports that Taliban or Al Qaeda members may have sneaked into the state, the police chief said: ‘Taliban/Al Qaeda is no different from the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) or Al-Badr who are operating (in Jammu and Kashmir).
‘The common link between most of these terror outfits is support of ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) and the (Pakistani) establishment. It does not matter whether Taliban or Lashkar is operating against us. So we are dealing with these outfits in any case.’

Pakistan has finished the Democratic Process there. The high rise of Islamist Force in various groups has already destroyed the democracy in Pakistan. The militants groups with the collaboration of ISI and some Political Parties there, now have fixed there destination to heart land India via Kashmir valley. This is turned as a big threat to the Indian contingent vowed to maintain all possible safety and security to the electorates to vote for the ensuing Parliamentary Election tagged with the world’s largest Democracy in India.
It is very alarming that Baitullah Mehsud , the most notorious Taliban Leader has already sheltered 20 Uzbek terrorist in Pakistan with deadly weapons and dirty bomb devices to send them India to destroy the entire electioneering in India, as the experts gaze on.

Binoo Joshi & Mijanur Rahaman

Binoo Joshi can be contacted at binoo.j@ians.in
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Mijanur Rahaman can be contacted at mijanurrahaman786@yahoo.com