Taliban: Actively funded, trained and
supported by Pakistan's ISI
"The behind-the-scenes frustrations of soldiers on the ground and glimpses of what appear to be Pakistani skullduggery contrast sharply with
the frequently rosy public pronouncements by American officials of Islamabad as an ally in the war against terror.”
As you know, thousands of classified US documents implicating Pakistan in its support for terrorism exploded in the public domain, sending officials
in both countries scurrying for cover to defend a ‘dubious alliance and straining a phony partnership based on a misreading of the ground sentiment
In effect, the chronicles suggested that Washington was blindly paying Pakistan massive amounts of money for access to Afghanistan even as
Islamabad uses its spy agency, ISI, to plot the death of American and NATO troops, allied Indian personnel, and undermines US policy. The most
devastating leaks showed that Pakistan allows representatives of its spy service, ISI, to meet directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions
to organize attacks against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders, including President Hamid
So one would ask, what’s new? The US of A has been known to mollycoddle Pakistan and its notorious spy agency the ISI since decades. And with
military and other aid amounting to a whopping $17 billion dollars of tax payers money in the last five years to Pakistan, it seems the American
policy makers prefer to keep those blinkers on for fear of ‘hurting’ the sentiments of a ‘trusted ally’ which is Pakistan (The fountainhead of
terror) in the so called war against terror
. Oh yes, they’re providing logistics support and tacit approval for those drone attacks, you see?
Where would the US of A, NATO and ISAF be without the Pakistanis? Never mind if they’ve helped the Taliban (Haqqani) to kill more than 2000 ISAF
troops in Afghanistan!
In other words, the US is paying Pakistan to kill American troops!
Now what’s all the fuss about? Why is Pakistan going all out to support terrorist organizations like the Taliban in Afghanistan? What’s their game
plan? The Pakistanis contend that they are fighting the terrorists in Swat and the badlands in the North West and so is a victim of terrorism
themselves. This is balderdash! So what’s the truth?
The Pakistan army is fighting the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan who are anti Pakistan and NOT the Afghan Taliban (Haqqani) to whom they’re providing
logistics, military support and training for fighting the ISAF in Afghanistan.
Why? Here’s the Pakistani gameplan:
The Doctrine of Strategic Depth
'Strategic Depth', is a hare brained concept propounded by a Pakistani General, Mirza Aslam Beg, and included as a grand strategy of the Pakistan
Army which needs to be achieved whatever the cost. So what is this so called ‘Strategic Depth’? For starters, it is vital to install a pliable
government in Afghanistan without which it would be virtually impossible to achieve this. And therefore the imperative for winning the Afghan war at
all costs, paving the way for the installation of a pliant government controlled by the Taliban at the helm.
Strategic Depth focuses on:
1. Establishment of a corridor within Afghanistan wherein Pakistani troops can concentrate in the event of a war with India to regain a ‘balanced
disposition’ in case of an adverse situation in the event of war and mount a riposte at an appropriate time of their choosing.
2. Move their strategic assets into Afghanistan including long range missiles thereby putting them out of India’s reach. This would ensure a viable
second strike capability.
3. Strategic depth is an offensive tactic to “bleed India with a thousand cuts in Kashmir.” (Zia). Afghan opium poppies and mujahideen, the two
swords of ISI machinery, would be the servicing fuel and ammunition for overthrowing “the tyranny against our Kashmiri brethren” (Aslam Beg).
4. Strategic Depth is also a conduit through which mercenaries and “guest militants” from various Arab nationalities could be recruited for the
jihadi terror in Kashmir and based in ‘friendly’ Afghanistan where they would be trained to carry out the ‘fight to the finish’ in Kashmir.
Strategic Depth is thus the lynchpin of Pakistan’s offensive infiltrationist game plan in Kashmir.
4. Secure the vital trade and supply routes to energy rich CIS countries through Afghanistan without let or hindrance.
It is to achieve this mirage that the Pakistan Army assisted by its adjunct the ISI (Inter Services Intelligence), is supping with the Taliban
(Haqqani) by providing the wherewithal required to fight the ISAF in Afghanistan without which it would have been well neigh impossible to have
stretched this war for almost a decade by a band of brigands!
Now do you see what this war in Afghanistan is all about? Pakistan has its own agenda and it's not about the war on terror!
And then remember, the US of A (CIA) had turned a Nelson’s eye to Pakistan’s covert nuclear weapons-for-missile-technology trade-off with North
Korea and AQ Khan’s shocking international trade in nuclear weapons technology in connivance with the Pakistani establishment. North Korea, Libya,
Iran. You name it. But what did the US of A do to stop this blatant proliferation? Zilch!
So, what is America up to? They know full well that Pakistan is running with the hare and hunting with the hounds but yet doling out billions of
dollars in tax payers hard earned money to support an errant state since decades.
In a nutshell, The American government is squarely responsible for the deaths of more than 2000 soldiers by refusing to bring the proponents of
this war, Pakistan, to heel.
As I write this, more American casualties are being brought in from Afghanistan draped in Stars and Stripes, thanks to American policy makers who
refuse to act against the sponsors of terror – Pakistan.