US’ stern message to Pakistan to target all terror groups after declassified docs reveal Pak role in 2009 CIA base attack
US has asked Pakistan to target all terror groups, including the Haqqani network, the al Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Tayeba. “We have been consistently clear with the highest levels of the Government of Pakistan that it must target all terror groups, including the Haqqani Network, al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e Tayyiba,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby said in Washington.
“Pakistan itself has repeatedly said it’s not going to discriminate against a terrorist group regardless of their agenda or affiliation,” Kirby said at a briefing.
The State Department’s response came after being questioned whether the US still believes that Pakistan’s secret services maintains its relationship with the Haqqani network.
A declassified cable released by the US had revealed that Pakistan’s main spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had paid $200,000 to extremists to mount an attack on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) base in Afghanistan in 2009.
The cable dated February 2010 was accessed by National Security Archive (NSA), a Washington based non-governmental under the Freedom of Information Act.
The redacted document indicates that Pakistan’s main intelligence agency had funded the deadly bombing through the Haqqani network and others.
Ten people including seven officers and contractors of the CIA were killed in the attack on Camp Chapman, in Afghan city of Khost on 30 December 2009.
The redacted document acquired by NSA shows an unnamed ISI officer transferred $200,000 to Haqqani and Salar to carry out one of the most devastating attack in the history of CIA.
CIA’s Chapman base, situated in Afghanistan’s eastern Khost, some 10 miles north west of the Pakistan border was providing intelligence support for the targeted drone attacks in Pakistan.
The December 30, 2009 attack was carried out by a Jordanian doctor who was working as a double agent for al Qaeda and the Taliban.
The CIA was tricked into believing that Humam Khalil Abu Mulal al Balawi, had cracked the inner ring of al Qaeda and he would be able to provide them the whereabouts of the dreaded terror group’s No. 2 Ayman Al Zawahiri.
Excited on getting a prized informant, the CIA operatives allowed Balawi into the Camp Chapman without vetting. The CIA officers is said to have even baked a birthday cake to make the triple agent at ease at the base. No sooner had he reached the inner circle of the base, Balawi detonated his explosive laden vest killing several of the welcoming party including Jennifer Mathews, one of CIA’s top al Qaeda experts.
The al Qaeda which claimed the attack said it was to avenge the killing of Pakistan Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud in a CIA drone attack.
Haqqani network was designated as a terrorist organization by the US in 2012. This was the result of some tough talking by America’s top military officer. In a senate briefing in September 2011, Admiral Mike Mullen had bluntly said that the “Haqqani’s were a veritable arm of the ISI.” Mullen had then accused Pakistan of exporting violent extremism to Afghanistan, through its proxies like the Haqqani’s.
In a stern warning, the US had told Pakistan that it will withhold its aid if it did not move decisively to disrupt the Haqqani network. However Senator John Kerry, who later became the Secretary of State was instrumental in making the US pledge $ 1.5 billion in aid to Pakistan.