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ISI Winning Hearts And Minds Of Americans
February 18, 2010
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With a spree of success in arresting three high value Taliban leaders, Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence, ISI, seems to be winning hearts and minds of American media and analysts.

“Pakistan’s military leadership has turned around and now we can see the sincerity in their action,” said a terrorism expert on MSNBC this morning.

Scot Joel, another terrorism expert on ABC Thursday morning claimed, “ISI has changed their attitude towards Quetta Shura and it is indeed a very welcome move.”

New York Times Thursday quoted a NATO commander in Afghanistan saying: “I believe that General Kayani and his leaders have come to the conclusion that they want us to succeed.”

Over all mood of American media seems to turning positive towards Pakistan with many commentators appreciating and acknowledging the leadership of Pakistani military and intelligence agencies, led by General Ashfaq Kayani and Lt. General Ahmed Shuja Pasha.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday told BBC that the Pakistani leadership “recognises that standing firm against the threat is important to the country’s future”.

In an interview to BBC in Saudi Arabia she said: “I would underscore, that the cooperation is increasing, and it is very valuable.” She further added: “I can express our appreciation for the increasing cooperation between the United States and Pakistan.”

Examiner reported Thursday that information provided by the recently captured Taliban second in command, Abdul Ghani Barader had led to the arrest of two additional senior Taliban leaders inside Pakistan.

Mullah Abdul Salam and Mullah Mohammed both self-proclaimed governors of two key provinces in Afghanistan were arrested by Pakistan Inter Services Intelligence, Pakistani officials have confirmed.

“These were two separate raids conducted chiefly by the ISI,” said an Intelligence source in Pakistan’s capital. He insisted that Americans may have had only ancillary role in the latest bout of success against the Taliban. “We are getting good- actionable intelligence from him,” he said referring to Barader.

Mullah Abdul Salam ran the Taliban’s shadow government in the province of Kunduz and Mullah Mohammed ran their operation inthe Afghan province of Baghlan.

Kunduz and Baghlan provinces had fallen to the Taliban but Obama administration’s re-engagement in Afghanistan seems to be yielding result. Both of these leaders had sneaked into Pakistan recently, reports suggest.

ISI, our sources claim, is on a major mission to capture the Taliban leaders that have snuck in since 2001. “Arrest of Baradar and these two governors are clear indication that ISI has turned on the heat,” said a security analyst.

Quoting American officials, New York Times reported Thursday that the Taliban’s second in command Baradar was providing a wealth of information on the Taliban’s operations. “For the past several days, he has been interrogated by both Pakistani and American officials,” report said.

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  • اسلام و علیکم
    ابراہیم بھائی ، ہماری آئی ایس آئی نے کوئی کچی گولیاں نہیں کھیلی ہیں
    ملا عبدالغنی برادر، ملا عبدالسلام راکٹی ،اور ملا محمد کی گرفتاری کا پس منظر کیا ہے اور انہیں اس وقت ہی کیوں گرفتار کیا گیا ہے ۔۔ اس بارے میںایک تجزیہ ہمارے بلاگ پر شائع کیا جائے گا ۔۔جس پر آپ کے جوابی تجزیئے کا انتظار رہے گا ۔۔

  • ابراہیم بھائی
    اپنے بلاگ ملا بردار کی گرفتاری سے متعلق پر آپ کے تبصرے کا جواب بھی دینے کی کوشش کی ہے ، ملاحظہ فرمایئے

  • It is true that ISI has extended cooperation in apprehending the key Taliban leaders from Karachi. No doubt it can be a big blow for Taliban but insurgencies like this always have B Plans and substitute hierarchies ready for patching up the missing jigsaws in the leadership. Mullah Barader and all key operatives who are now in custody of Pakistan are much safe than they would have been around hiding and moving their locations frequently. Visibly it looks that Taliban leadership has met a serious jolt but in my opinion there is going on a serious and tricky game which has sent message to Americans that if ISI moves a shoulder, it can fix things overnight. CIA too knows that without the help of ISI they are fighting a blind war.

    The current offensive in Marjah, Helmand Afghanistan is a part of cosmetic action and the result of possible back door deal which allowed USA to enter into that region to justify their nation that they are winning in Afghanistan. This face saving encounter was definitely engineered to provide USA a respectable exit from the region rather than with a tag of another shameful loss after Vietnam

  • Rob Manning says:

    Pakistan’s shadowy Inter-Services Intelligence Agency suddenly decided to seize the Taliban’s number-two leader, Mullah Baradar after hosting him for years while he directed the Taliban movement officially headed by Mullah Omar.

    Pakistani leaders know that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been seeking reconciliation talks with the Taliban and that Baradar approved contacts between Taliban leaders and Karzai’s brother. An agreement between the Taliban and the Karzai government could deprive Pakistan of influence in next-door Afghanistan. That prospect disturbs Pakistani leaders, who have long tried to maximize their power in Afghanistan to keep it from linking up with Pakistan’s rival, India.

    Pakistan’s powerful army chief, General Ashraf Kayani, recently said his country has “opened all doors’’ to cooperation with US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. But he warned that Pakistan’s “strategic paradigm has to be realized’’ in Afghanistan. He meant a postwar Afghan government friendly to Pakistan and resistant to India. This has been the obsessive aim of Pakistani policy in Afghanistan ever since Pakistani intelligence forces midwifed the birth of the Taliban in the mid-’90s.

    It’s helpful to the American cause if Pakistan now believes its best chance of maintaining influence in Afghanistan is to cooperate with US and NATO forces. But it would be deeply damaging if Pakistan were to try to block peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Karzai government.

    US military commanders in Afghanistan have wisely insisted that the war be concluded by political means. The current troop surge is aimed at convincing insurgent factions to seek a peace deal with the Afghan government. So President Obama needs to warn Pakistan that true cooperation means helping, not hindering, such an agreement.

  • Azmat Riaz says:

    The fact of the situation is that unless and untill the US/Nato forces undertake ground operations i.e put troops on ground they can never achieve any reasonable sucess.However this may ask for more price in terms of casualties.So far the whole operation was based on aireal warfare which only caused colletral damage without achiving much sucess.On the other hand Pakistan Army is operating on ground thus achieving good results.Sucess only comes with a price.The taliban have been denied their safe heaven and are now running helter/scelter and thus being caught.

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