Former Afghan spymaster exposes Pakistan’s support to terror groups
Pakistani spy agency, the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) have been helping the Taliban and the dreaded Haqqani network, documents revealed by the former chief of Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency show.
Islamabad’s duplicity while dealing with terror networks was exposed by Rahmatullah Nabil who quit as National Directorate of Security (NDS) last year following Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s move to include Pakistan in the peace talks with the Taliban miltia.
The documents Nabil released to the media on Thursday show ISI’s logistical and monetary support it has extended to the terror groups in 2014 and 2015. The authenticity of the letters could not be independently verified.
Nabil, who has lived as refugee in Pakistan was educated in the north western city of Peshawar. He has always been critical of Islamabad’s support to the Taliban.
He stepped down as the head of NDS after expressing his frustration in a Facebook post over President Ghani’s remarks at the Heart of Asia Conference, in Islamabad last December.
“For the past 14 years, no one has disclosed documents of this kind. Here, I’m proving it…” Nabil was quoted as saying by Reuters.
“They kill us every day and commit all kinds of atrocities, we have to show them.”
The letters released by Nabil reveal the extent of Pakistan’s complicity in its dealings with the Taliban and the Haqqani network.
A letter dated July 2014 from the Directorate General Military Intelligence, Ministry of Defence with the subject line “Kabul Airport Attacks and Release of Payments” says four members of the Haqqani network are to be paid 2.5 million Pakistani rupees ($24,000) each for the “successful and comprehensive execution of assault on KB AP”.
Another letter from the military intelligence unit in Peshawar bears the subject line “Arrangements of Secure Houses and Protection to Afghan Taliban and Their Leadership”. The letter dated August 2014, details the safe houses and vehicles arranged for Taliban commanders displaced in an army operation in northern Pakistan.
A letter of March 2015 asks about the whereabouts of several Haqqani men in the restive north western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Reuters report claims that despite several written and telephonic requests, Pakistan’s Foreign Office declined to comment on the charges levelled by Nabil.
The accusations comes days after a US Congressional panel hearing in which several speakers accused Pakistan of using terror groups as an”instrument of its foreign policy”.
Pakistan’s political and miltary leadership have consistently rejected these charges and have maintained that the country has paid a heavy price for trying to tackle terror groups.