Pak Army and ISI continue to support Afghan Taliban: Karzai

Afghan Prez warned the US that no success could be achieved in the war against terrorism till Pak Army and the ISI continued to support Afghan Taliban.

Washington: Over a month after the new
Af-Pak policy was unveiled, Afghan President Hamid Karzai
warned the US that no success could be achieved in the war
against terrorism till Pakistan Army and the ISI continued to
support Afghan Taliban.

Welcoming a delegation of US lawmakers, including
Republican John McCain, Karzai told them that the improvement
in the overall bilateral relationship between Afghanistan and
Pakistan was held back by the Army and ISI who continue to
help the Afghan Taliban.

This was written by US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl
Eikenberry said in a secret cable dated January 10, 2010,
which was released by WikiLeaks. President Barack Obama
unveiled his Af-Pak policy in December, 2009.

The United States, which has charged the Wikileaks of
indulging in a criminal act by stealing and releasing these
cables, has neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of
these documents.

Karzai said he wants to engage more and have US
support in doing so, since "the war won`t end easily without
Pakistani cooperation", the cable said.

"He was pessimistic about the internal situation, as
was his intelligence chief, Amrullah Saleh. Saleh noted that
Pakistan`s energy sector was in decline and that discontent in
Pashtun areas was higher than it had been in the volatile
1960`s and 1970`s," the cable said.

Karzai also said his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali
Zardari is using Baloch nationalists as his base of support.

"Saleh predicted that neither the army nor Nawaz
Sharif would bring Zardari`s term to an abrupt end," the
Ambassador wrote.

Explaining his reintegration approach, Karzai noted
that the peace process and reintegration efforts help in the
fight against the Taliban by working with those who are
willing to come back, especially the "foot soldiers".

Reconciliation would extend to more senior level
Taliban (not Mullah Omar, he clarified) who are not linked to
Al Qaeda, "some of whom are willing" to talk.

Lots of contacts are taking place, Karzai said, but
no common reconciliation policy has emerged, the cable said.

"McCain noted that for this to be successful the
other side should be convinced they can`t win and this should
probably be timed to work with the new influx of troops now
underway.

"He agreed that those fighting for reasons other than
ideology should be helped to return and that the fight should
continue against the ideologically-motivated Taliban,
stressing the importance of educating the country that both
efforts were ongoing at the same time," the cable said.

PTI

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