Kabul urges West to review Pak policy after leaks
Afghanistan`s national security adviser called on the West today to review policy towards Pakistan after leaked Pentagon documents pointed to Pakistani double-dealing in the Afghan war.
Kabul: Afghanistan`s national security adviser called on the West today to review policy towards Pakistan after leaked Pentagon documents pointed to Pakistani double-dealing in the Afghan war.
Kabul has consistently accused Pakistan`s intelligence agency of supporting Taliban insurgents – including masterminding attacks against Afghan and US-led targets in the
country. Islamabad denies the claims.
Kabul said information contained in documents released on whistleblowing website WikiLeaks on Sunday backed its long-held position.
Rangeen Dadfar Spanta, President Hamid Karzai`s national security advisor, took issue with US aid to Pakistan, which last year secured a USD 7.5 billion non-military package from Congress spread over the next five years.
"It`s not justifiable for Afghans to see a country given 11 billion dollars in reconstruction aid and to support its security forces, and then see those same forces training terrorists," said Spanta.
"At least we Afghan politicians are not able to explain this to the Afghan people," he said, calling on US and NATO troops to deal with insurgents before they infiltrated Afghanistan from their sanctuaries in Pakistan.
A secretive US drone war routinely targets Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked groups holed up in Pakistan`s lawless border districts with Afghanistan.
Karzai has ordered Spanta and Afghan foreign minister Zalmai Rasoul to "study the leaked US documents," a statement from the president`s office said.