Pakistan’s intelligence agency double dealing with the Taliban too?
April 11, 2010
(ChattahBox) – The U.S. war on terror is being conducted in countries with dubious leadership that may actually sympathize with the Taliban. The litany of issues with Afghanistan came to a head recently with President Karzai threatening to quit and join Taliban fighters. Now it seems the circumstances in Pakistan are no better. U.S. officials think that Pakistan continues to pursue a hedging strategy in seeking to maintain relationships with an array of entities.
The Washington Post reports Pakistan’s intelligence agency released two Taliban leaders it had captured, even as it was working more closely with Americans to crack down on the insurgent group in recent months. The names of the men have not been released but were high-ranking. While the recent detention of Mullah Ghani Baradar was ballyhood as a turning point in the cooperation of the Inter-Services Intelligence agency with the CIA, it now seems any confidence of a sound partnership may have come too soon. The releases were observed by U.S. intelligence but not made public, and they indicate the ISI is working with the Afghan Taliban. Baradar’s arrest was “positive, any way you slice it,” an official said. “But it doesn’t mean they’ve cut ties at every level to each and every group.” The U.S. sees Pakistan as seeking to be able to support whatever group can take Kabul if or when the U.S. leaves Afghanistan. Pakistan denied the ISI released any Taliban leaders.