H C Singh

USA-Pakistan ISI and Taliban

From the secret US documents it has become clear that “ISI paid Talibans to kill Indians.” Since long India has been telling Pakistan government and even USA that all attacks across the LoC, particularly the 26/11 attack in Bombay, were engineered and supported by Pakistan government through Taliban with the guidance, even help and direction by ISI. For years Pakistan had been hood-winking and denying and USA to keep Pakistan as an ally in war against Taliban in Afghanistan, continued to give billions of dollars to Pakistan.

Now the truth, about Pakistan financing Talibans to kill Indians as well has come out because of Wiki leak, US secret documents numbering 91,000. One and the most important fact relating to India is that “ISI paid Talibans to kill Indians”. To kill Indian contractors, engineers and workers engaged in Afghanistan’s road developments ISI paid Talibans 15000 to 30,000 US dollars. To quote from the secret US document regarding attack on Indian embassy in Afghanistan. “ISI gave orders to conduct attacks against Indian consulships in Kabul, Herat, Kandhar and Mazar-e-sharif”. During 2004-7, the present Pakistan Army chief Ashfaq Kayani was head of ISI. One of the reports in secret documents clearly mentions about attack on Indian embassy in Kabul in July 2008. This report is entitled “Threat to Indian Embassy” that Taliban are planning an attack on Indian Embassy in Kabul.. and that an engineer had been designated for this purpose and a budget of 1,20,000 dollars kept for this operation.” After six days attack on Indian Embassy took place killing 41 persons including two Indian diplomats and two Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel. In another report it was mentioned that “ Sarajuddin Haqqani was ordered by ISI to eliminate Indian nationals working in Afghanistan.” In attacks on Indians and Indian establishments in Kabul on 12 April 2008 two Border Road Organization personnel were killed and on Feb 26,2010 two Kabul guest houses used by Indian government were targeted.

Here are some eye opener extracts from an article in New York Times which also relates to the secret documents.

“The documents-spanning January 2004 through December 2009-illustrate in mosaic detail why the Taliban are stronger than at any time since 2001. They sketch a war hamstrung by an Afghan government, police force and army of questionable loyalty and competence, and by a Pakistani military that appears at best uncooperative and at worst to work from the shadows as an unspoken ally of the insurgents.

The documents do not contradict official accounts of the war. But in some cases the documents show the US military made misleading public statements-attributing the downing of a helicopter to conventional weapons instead of Stinger-like heat seeking missiles, for the first time shown to be part of the Taliban’s arsenal, or giving Afghans credit for missions carried out by US commandos.

The reports portray a resilient insurgency that has bled US forces through a war of small cuts. Taliban intimidation of Afghan officials and civilians- applied with pressure through violence, money-comes through in hundreds of reports.”

Most of these documents show virtual failure of US in Afghanistan as Taliban have become stronger today than they were in 2001. The question arises as to why America is fighting a war against Taliban in Afghanistan which USA cannot win. America should press upon Pakistan that extension must not be given to Kayani as Pakistan commander-in-chief, who was responsible as ISI Chief for financing and encouraging Talibans both against India and Afghanistan. If Pakistan does not remove Kayani, USA must stop assistance of billions of dollars mainly to finance the Pakistan army and indirectly secretly to Talibans who are becoming stronger in Afghanistan even before 2001 and threatening US Army with new weapons like missiles. It is regrettable that USA has not learnt lesson from intervention in China and then Korea and finally from humiliating defeat in Vietnam war, in which more than 80,000 American soldiers lost their lives.

Pakistan, by allowing America to kill Talibans in Pakistan through Drone attacks, particularly in NWFP and Baluchistan has resulted in frequent suicide bombing, by Taliban of NWFP and Punjab, in Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar.

It is significant that P J Cowley, America’s State Deptt spokesman has said that Pakistan should now deal strongly with planners and perpetrators of 26/11 attack on India to mend its relation with India. In Melbourne Congressman Ed Royee said that because of Pakistan’s obsession with India Pakistan is “digging its own grave”. British PM David Cameron who is on a visit to India, has said on July 28 that “Pakistan must close terrorist camps”. On  July 29  despite stir in UK and protests in Pakistan he said that he meant every word of what he said a day earlier, adding “presence of terrorist groups in Pakistan is not acceptable.”

Thus before any further dialogue between Indian and Pakistani leaders, Pakistan should show tangible proof of taking strong action against those Pakistanis responsible for Mumbai attack.

July 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment