Pak used CIA to advance interest of Baradar`s arrest: Journo

Pakistani authorities used the CIA "inadvertently" to "advance their interest" in the arrest of the top Taliban leader Mullah Baradar, who was holding peace talks with the Karzai Government, an American journalist has said.

Last Updated: Aug 25, 2010, 00:44 AM IST

Washington: Pakistani authorities used
the CIA "inadvertently" to "advance their interest" in the
arrest of the top Taliban leader Mullah Baradar, who was
holding peace talks with the Karzai Government, an American
journalist has said.

Dexter Filkins of The New York Times also said
Pakistanis are obsessed with India.
In his news report this week, Dexter Filkins had cited
Pakistani officials as admitting that they knew exactly who he
was and that they had wanted him arrested because Baradar was
pursuing peace talks with Afghanistan.

"I should say that there are a lot of American
officials who do not deny it, and you realize or we said that
what may have happened here is that the CIA was used
inadvertently to advance the larger Pakistani aim of closing
down the peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan
government, essentially so they could get a seat at the table,
basically," Filkins told the National Public Radio.

The New York Times reporter said Pakistan is obsessed
with India, and Afghanistan is almost kind of an afterthought.

"They are obsessed with India and with what they
believe India is trying to do to them. And so when the
Pakistanis look at Afghanistan, they see the Indians doing all
sorts of things to encircle them, to take away their western
frontier, to destabilize their country," he said.

"So what they see when they look at Kabul, the Afghan
capital and they see President Karzai and they see the
Americans here, what they really see is the Indians behind
everything.
"And so what Pakistanis saw when they heard that the
Afghans were talking to each other, they saw an Indian hand,
and that like, nothing else, gets their back up," Filkins
said.

When asked where Baradar is now, he said, he was told
that the top Taliban leader after his arrest was taken to a
safe house in Islamabad where he is now relaxing very
comfortably.

"It is a very strange, it`s a hard thing to get your
mind around and that is it`s a double game," he said.

PTI