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.