India Intelligence Report

   Pressure on US to Punish Pak


Increasing number of policy makers, and opinion makers in the US are demanding that the US review its bogus position of Pakistan as a frontline ally against terrorism and demand a firm deadline by which it can reign in its military and intelligence agencies.

Researchers have repeatedly shown that Pakistan’s army and the dreaded Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) operate as a “state within a state” and actively recruit, train, fund, and arm the Taliban for attacks on US and allied positions in Afghanistan with impunity. Several senior US Government functionaries starting from President George Bush have privately delivered a strict message to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf who consistently denies allegation that he meddles in terrorism activities within Afghanistan.

A recent spate of Taliban activities which include full-scale attacks to hit-and-run insurgency tactics have caused the deaths of hundreds of civilians, Taliban cadre, and allied soldiers. While the Taliban have scant respect for the lives of the civilians, they glorify their own death in order to infuse more illiterate population into their ranks.

Hoover Institution Fellow Paul Sperry who is now in Quetta, called the new capital of the Taliban, says that the Pakistani Army is actively providing Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and shoulder fire Stringer Missiles to the Taliban to attack convoys. Sperry points out that all the major criminals and terrorists in the world have been found in Pakistan and not in Iran or Iraq.

Pakistan itself is under attack from a new brand of Taliban that seeks to cleanse Pakistan. Analysts say that the military and ISI is turning them against the “infidel” army across the border instead of domestic targets so they do not have the face the ire for mis-management.

Musharraf is facing serious military threat in Baloachistan, Waziristan, Sindh, and several sectarian wars. Recently, erstwhile enemies Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, both exiled, indicated their desire to return to Pakistan to create chapter of democracy that will oust the Army from power centers of the nation. Musharraf has threatened to arrest them if they do show up and there is no indication from either that they do want to actually go through with their threat.

Meanwhile, India handed over a list of 38 most wanted criminals to Pakistan including Dawood Ibrahim, Lashkar-e-Toiba Chief Mohammed Hafez Sayeed, and Jaish-e-Mohammed Maulana Masoor Azhar. Sayeed and Azhar were released from Indian prison by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government in exchange for hijacked victims taken to Afghanistan from Nepal. The two countries also discussed an extradition treaty that Pakistan says will happen only if the Kashmir issue is resolved. Pakistan refuses to acknowledge that these criminals live within its borders when every available piece of research says the opposite.

While this conversation on terrorists was taking place in Islamabad, desperate terrorists unable to hit military targets exploded a bomb among tourists killing 35 innocent civilians.