June 14th, 2010
09:44 AM ET

Pakistan rejects allegations of Taliban ties

Pakistani officials have rejected allegations that their country's powerful intelligence agency still supports the Taliban. Those allegations came from a Harvard academic, who authored a report for the London School of Economics.  In his report, Matt Waldman accuses the ISI of providing  "sanctuary and very substantial financial, military and logistical support" for the Taliban.  Pakistan's military spokesman, Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas (pictured above) rejected the report as "speculative," saying it did not have "a credible source or authenticity."  FULL STORY

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  1. Bill from Boston

    I'm not impressed with this Waldman guy. I saw hin give his analysis on TV... he said word after word without saying anything at all.

    July 23, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Daniel-2

    Never 2nd guess my comments.

    June 15, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Smith in Oregon

    During the horrific Bush-Cheney administration, many Billions of American taxpayer dollars given to Pakistan were entirely unaccounted for. It is entirely likely they were given to the Pakistani ISI and the ISI gave most of that money to the Taliban Supreme Commanders.

    Now that Afghanistan has become the longest lasting hot war that America has been involved in, American citizens need to begin asking where the Taliban are getting all of their money, weapons and explosives in that remote desert region which requires everything to be flown or packed in. In the past the Karzai Clan provided the Taliban with ample amounts of money from its Opium-Heroin business with the blessings of the ISI and CIA when the Taliban were fighting the Russian troops in Afghanistan. Its clear the Opium-Heroin business is a important segment of financing the Taliban, however the widely distributed report which this article is reacting to alleges and implicates that American Taxpayer Dollars are directly being used to fund the Taliban fighters killing American and NATO soldiers.

    That is a very serious implication which deserves a independent national investigation. The report by the way was generated by a UK group of investigative journalists who had exhaustively interviewed many senior Taliban Commanders in preparing their report.

    June 15, 2010 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. joe

    the face itself is lying, he is just laughing at the inquirer

    June 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dd

    "Why ISI keep up supporting the Taleban?"
    Taliban IS Pakistan's army, though with complete deniability of blame through the hidden chain of command. Its real army is more or less equivalent to scarecrows as was demonstrated when 100,000 of them surrendered to the Indian army in 1972 Bangladesh(then East-Pakistan) freedom war.
    More ever it is possible that the ranks/numbers (550,000 active + 530,000 reserve) of the regular army may be blown out of proportion by ghost names padded to the payroll by the top Generals to pocket the salaries.
    Many senior officers of the army are deputized to train & administer the hidden army (i.e. Taliban & the rest of terror groups). Sometimes they are "officially" described as "retired".
    Pakistan army is 2/3 rd Punjabi and 1/3 rd Pashtun. The army officer's cadre is almost 100% Punjabi who control everything else in the nation. Pakistani army flag is basically a Muslim flag, with 2 crossed 'swords of Islam' and Islam's traditional moon & star, all on a Muslim green color background.
    ISI is a very important part, main branch of the army. Head of the ISI is called the Director General who has to be a serving Lieutenant General in the Pakistan Army. The general staff of the ISI mainly come from paramilitary forces and specialized units from the Pakistan Army (special services group, SSG).
    The extensive dependence on irregulars is very old & has started along with the birth of nation when in 1947 they were sent into Indian Kashmir. In a remarkable twist, the regular army units joined the invasion later on but were stopped after the refusal of the Pakistan army C-in-C (a British) to obey Pakistani Prime minister Jinnah's orders to move the army into Kashmir.

    June 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • torben09

      Interesting information

      June 14, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faisal

      And your point is?

      June 15, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • dd

        "And your point is?"

        ** Taliban IS Pakistan's army **

        That is the point. Taliban along with other 100 terrorists
        In case you missed it, they are the first four words on first line in the response.

        June 18, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. neel123

    @ Truth seeker,

    " Pakistan has lost more lives in this war on terror has sustained more bomb attacks civilian casulties etc. than any other country including US."

    – this is a sickening argument, and the Pakistanis think this would help them to hide from the evils of the past.

    – the Pakistanis must understand that by fighting the terrorists, albeit selectively and making the so called sacrifices, the Pakistani Army is not doing anyone any favour, only cleaning up its own mess resulting from decades of evil activities........ !!

    June 14, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faisal

      Sir you clearly live outside of Pakistan. Pakistanis (including the security forces) are sick and tired of these nut jobs. We are doing everything we can with what ever we have got.

      Pacifying these people are not the most easiest job in the world, just ask the Brits., the Russians, and now the NATO. Unlike them, we have to go after and kill our own people, sometimes in hundreds, and this creates even more resentment and hatred then ever.

      June 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Daniel-2

    Why am I not surprised?I always thought that the West had the Pakistani government bought and paid for.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |