– PAKISTANI INTELLIGENCE ASSISSTING TERROR
Pakistan‘s military intelligence agency – ISI is providing support to Taliban and Al Qaeda militants, two senior US military officers have claimed in a report published on Saturday 03/28/2009.
Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the USA Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Army General David Petraeus head of US Central Command, said the Pakistan agency must end such activities.
The officers made their remarks as President Obama unveiled a new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he offered more aid to Pakistan in return for increased cooperation in the fight against terrorist militants.
Admiral Mullen claimed Palistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence service (ISI) had links to militants on both its Western border with Afghanistan and its Eastern border with India.
He told CNN: “Fundamentally, the strategic approach with the ISI must change and their support… for militants, actually on both borders, has to fundamentally shift.” Asked if there were still elements within the ISI who sympathised with Al Qaeda and the Taliban, Admiral Mullen said: “There are certainly indications that that’s the case.”
Although links between the intelligence service and Islamist militants are widely suspected, it is rare for senior Western officials to talk publicly about them, for fear of damaging relations with Pakistan.
General Petraeus, speaking on PBS television, noted some militant groups had been established by the Pakistan intelligence service – with USA funding – aimed at driving Soviet forces out of Afghanistan in the 1980s.
President Obama said on Friday that neither Afghanistan nor Pakistan should be allowed to come under the control of terrorists.
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