Pak­istan’s role

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

Amer­i­cans fight­ing the war in Afghanistan have long har­bored strong sus­pi­cions that Pak­istan’s mil­i­tary spy ser­vice has guided the Afghan in­sur­gency with a hid­den hand, even as Pak­istan re­ceives more than $1 bil­lion a year from Washington for its help com­bat­ing the mil­i­tants, ac­cord­ing to the re­ports.

The doc­u­ments sug­gest that Pak­istan al­lows rep­re­sen­ta­tives of its spy ser­vice to meet di­rectly with the Tal­iban in se­cret strat­egy ses­sions to or­ga­nize net­works of mil­i­tant groups that fight against Amer­i­can sol­diers in Afghanistan and even hatch plots to as­sas­si­nate Afghan lead­ers.

The re­ports sug­gest the Pak­istani mil­i­tary has acted as both ally and en­emy, as its spy agency runs what Amer­i­can of­fi­cials have long sus­pected is a dou­ble game — ap­peas­ing cer­tain U.S. de­mands for co­op­er­a­tion while an­gling to ex­ert in­flu­ence in Afghanistan through many of the same in­sur­gent net­works that the Amer­i­cans are fight­ing to elim­i­nate.

Ac­cu­sa­tions that Pak­istan is aid­ing in­sur­gent groups are usu­ally met with an­gry de­nials, par­tic­u­larly by the Pak­istani mil­i­tary, which in­sists that the Di­rec­torate for In­ter-Ser­vices In­tel­li­gence sev­ered its re­main­ing ties to the groups years ago. An ISI spokesman in Is­lam­abad said Sun­day that the agency would have no com­ment un­til it saw the doc­u­ments.

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