Thursday, March 26, 2009

Pakistani ISI's "S Wing" ...and aid to Afghani insurgency

In the NYTimes, here

"Support for the Taliban, as well as other militant groups, is coordinated by operatives inside the shadowy S Wing of Pakistan’s spy service, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, the officials said. There is even evidence that ISI operatives meet regularly with Taliban commanders to discuss whether to intensify or scale back violence before the Afghan elections. ...

Little is publicly known about the ISI’s S Wing, which officials say directs intelligence operations outside of Pakistan. American officials said that the S Wing provided direct support to three major groups carrying out attacks in Afghanistan: the Taliban based in Quetta, Pakistan, commanded by Mullah Muhammad Omar; the militant network run by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar; and a different group run by the guerrilla leader Jalaluddin Haqqani. ..."


Anonymous said...

such a fallacy...the ISI has been and continues to support the CIA (as it did in the 80s) in the war on terror. pakistan itself faces a grave threat from hardline militants. the taliban, though once a friendly source of strategic depth, now are enemy number 1. in any case, the purported links to these militant taliban is likely to be very much what the CIA should be doing as well. the ISI is preparing for the day (and it will come) when the americans and NATO leave afghanistan. pakistan will need figures who are sympathetic to it to ensure the indians do not take advantage.

Anonymous said...

you are willing to do these terrible things just for the sake of your ridiculous rivalry with India; Pakistan and India will never fight a great war; any objective observor can see that; there will never be more than border skirmishes and that sort of thing; just as it was so ridiculous for you two countries to go nuclear just for the sake of your ridiculous rivalry.