Tuesday, February 17, 2009



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Bharat Gajjar Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 6:36 AM
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February 17, 2009, 3:25 am
And Kayani is a Taliban Ally

A new book has laid further credence to doubts that Pakistan’s Army and former President Pervez Musharraf have been playing double games with the US.
The book claimed that Washington sent Special Forces into Pakistan last year after intercepting a call by Pak Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani in which he referred to a top Taliban leader as a “strategic asset”.
According to the book, titled ‘The Inheritance’ and written by New York Times correspondent David Sanger, the intercept was ordered by Washington to substantiate doubts that the Pakistani armed forces were double crossing the US by actively supporting the Taliban and also taking millions in aid supposedly to fight those very elements.
Kayani was heard referring to Maulavi Jalaluddin Haqqani as a “strategic asset” in a transcript passed to Mike McConnell, the Director of National Intelligence, in May 2008.
The US had long suspected Musharraf of taking America for a ride and Kayani’s remark was the first concrete evidence of Pak’s dubious credentials in the war against terror.
Haqqani, a hardened militant of the anti-Soviet war, leads a hardline Taliban group based in Pak’s tribal Waziristan region and he is the one who introduced the culture of suicide bombing among the militants.
The US later tracked calls warning Haqqani of imminent Army operation. The calls were intended to prove Islamabad’s compliance to the US in the war against terror.
“They must have dialled 1-800-HAQQANI,” a source told Sanger. “It was something like, ‘Hey, we’re going to hit your place in a few days, so if anyone important is there, you might want to tell them to scram’.”
The intercept helped the CIA to uncover proof of ISI’s complicity with Haqqani in a plot to carry out a spectacular bombing in Afghanistan. Interestingly, just two weeks later, the Indian Embassy in Kabul was bombed.
Meanwhile, Musharraf, reacting angrily to the book’s allegations said, “Get your facts correct, I have never double-dealt. There is a big conspiracy being hatched against Pakistan, to weaken the Pakistan Army and the ISI to weaken Pakistan.”

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