Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence [ISI] was founded in 1948 by
a British army officer, Maj Gen R Cawthome, then Deputy Chief of Staff
in Pakistan Army. Field Marshal Ayub Khan, the president of Pakistan in
the 1950s, expanded the role of ISI in safeguarding Pakistan's
interests, monitoring opposition politicians, and sustaining military
rule in Pakistan.
ISI is tasked with collection of foreign and domestic intelligence;
co-ordination of intelligence functions of the three military services;
surveillance over its cadre, foreigners, the media, politically active
segments of Pakistani society, diplomats of other countries accredited
to Pakistan and Pakistani diplomats serving outside the country; the
interception and monitoring of communications; and the conduct of covert
of the ISI say that it has become a state within a state, answerable
neither to the leadership of the army, nor to the Pakistani President or
the Prime Minister. The
result is there has been no real supervision of the ISI, and corruption,
narcotics, and big money have all come into play, further complicating
the political scenario. Drug
money was used by ISI to finance not only the Afghanistan war, but also
the ongoing proxy war against India in Kashmir and Northeast India.
From India's point of view, what can be the worst case scenario in Pakistan? It is the replacement of President Pervez Musharraf by a coalition of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Jamaat) and its allies, the Taliban-Al Qaeda combine and the fundamentalist . . . (Draft A Plan Of Action, Pioneer, Hiranmay Karlekar, Nov 08, 2007)
The Indian government, relieved that for the first time it is not being perceived or blamed as a part of the problem during an internal crisis in Pakistan, is hoping for the process of ‘democratisation’ to begin as it closely monitors the evolving . . . . (India Seeks Peace, Stability In Pakistan, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has said she is committed to leading an all-party movement against President General Pervez Musharraf, to lift the emergency rule he clamped on Saturday, but will hold off on street demonstrations for now. ('Musharraf Has Broken His Word', New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)
American war colleges delight in playing computer war games, sometimes to the consternation of countries that are posted as enemies. (The Arc Of Instability, Tribune, S. Nihal Singh, Nov 06, 2007)
In a major crackdown, Pakistani security agencies today rounded up opposition leaders, lawyers and human rights activists and put under house arrest sacked Chief Justice Iftikhar M. Chaudhry amid speculation that President Pervez Musharraf may . . . . (500 Held In Pak Crackdown, Tribune, Rezaul H. Laskar, Nov 05, 2007)
Police wielding assault rifles rounded up hundreds of Opposition leaders, lawyers and rights activists in Pakistan today but Imran Khan was said to have escaped from his home hours after being put under house arrest.
(Imran Escape Buzz, Hint Of Poll Delay, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)
Police wielding assault rifles rounded up Opposition leaders and rights activists on Sunday after Pakistan's military ruler suspended the Constitution, ousted the top judge and deployed troops to fight what he called rising Islamic extremism. (Crackdown On Opp Leaders, Activists , Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)
The sight of Ms Benazir Bhutto offering namaz before the tomb of Mohammed Ali Jinnah was one to treasure. (Bazaar Parody Of Mussolini, Pioneer, Premen Addy , Nov 03, 2007)
In the case of Nepal, historically India's foreign policy has been driven by its security concerns, but the policy planning has been patchy. (Nepal Needs A Close Look, Pioneer, Ashok K Mehta, Oct 31, 2007)
Pakistan was preparing to use nuclear missiles against India during the Kargil war, a new book has claimed, citing a conversation between US President Bill Clinton and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif eight years ago.
(Pak Wanted To Nuke India: Book, Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 29, 2007)
The Indo-Pak anti terror meeting last week may not have led to any major breakthrough, but for the first time Pakistan has accepted a dossier on terror in Jammu and Kashmir. (For First Time, Pak Accepts Indian Dossier On Terror In J&k, Indian Express, Pranab Dhal Samanta, Oct 29, 2007)
Pakistan was preparing to use nuclear missiles against India during the Kargil war, a new book has claimed, citing a conversation between US President Bill Clinton and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif eight years back.
(Pak Army Planned 'Use Of N-Arms' During Kargil War, Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 29, 2007)
Pakistan was preparing to use nuclear missiles against India during the Kargil war, a new book has claimed citing an eight year old conversation between the former US president Bill Clinton and Pakistans former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. ('Pak Planned N-Attack Against India' , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 29, 2007)
After last week's suicide bombing in Karachi, a sympathy wave is sought to be manufactured in favour of the 'daughter of the East' even here in India. But does the lady deserve a second chance?
(Know Your Benazir, Pioneer, Wilson John, Oct 27, 2007)
Several newspapers have portrayed a hopeful picture of Pakistan, now that Benazir Bhutto is back in the country. (Pakistan’S Big B, Indian Express, A N Sudarsan Rao , Oct 26, 2007)
Former Pakistan President Benazir Butto had named four well-known persons, including Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi and former ISI chief Hamid Gul, as those who pose a threat to her life in a letter to President Pervez . . . . (Bhutto Named Ex-Isi Chief, 3 Others As Posing Threat To Her Life: Report, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 25, 2007)
Former Pakistan Premier Benazir Bhutto has named four well-known persons, including Punjab chief minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi and former ISI chief Hamid Gul, as those who pose a threat to her life in a letter to President . . . . (Bhutto Names 4 As Key Blast Suspects, Asian Age, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 25, 2007)
Since the Inter-Services Intelligence chief is an important man, the unprecedented appointment of Ashfaq Kayani as the army chief in Pakistan evokes interest. (Holding On To The Reins , Telegraph, Abhijit Bhattacharyya , Oct 25, 2007)
Imagine ballroom dancers who both think their partner is preparing to stick a dagger into their back, and you have a good idea of where India-Pakistan dialogue on terrorism stands. (A Difficult Dialogue, Hindu, Editorial, The Hindu, Oct 25, 2007)
Ms Benazir Bhutto has expressed dissatisfaction with the first official report submitted to President Pervez Musharraf on the October 18 suicide-bombing on her rally, and has disclosed some more information to a foreign TV network about who she. . . (The Bb-Musharraf Equation, Daily Times, Editorial, Daily Times, Oct 24, 2007)
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