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Obama should ask Pak to stop backing Taliban: US journalist

US President Barack Obama should pressurise Pakistan to stop backing Taliban, said a senior American journalist who was captured by the militant group in 2008.



Washington: US President Barack Obama
should pressurise Pakistan to stop backing Taliban, said a
senior American journalist who was captured by the militant
group in 2008.

"President Obama must demand that Pakistan stop
backing the Taliban and truly explain our policy toward that
country," journalist and author Jere Van Dyk wrote in an
article on the website of the CBS News.

Noting that the US is giving Pakistan over one billion
dollars in year, he said, "It is very probable that Pakistan
is using some of this US taxpayer money to kill US soldiers
and Marines in Afghanistan."

Dyk, who travelled off and on along both sides of the
Afghan - Pakistani border between December 2006 and February
2008, said the WikiLeaks disclosures are further confirmation
that what the Taliban told his is true; that Pakistan is
working against the US in Afghanistan.

"In February 2008, I was captured by the Taliban in
the tribal areas. I was trying to reach Jalaladin Haqqani and
Gulbadeen Hekmatyar, two insurgent leaders whom I knew from
the 1980s," he said.

"The Taliban patrol the border for the Pakistani
army," said one of my jailors. When Dyk asked how could they
prove this? "We found you, didn`t we," the jailor responded.

"Musharraf is smart and Bush is stupid. Pakistan
defeated the Russians in Afghanistan and now it will defeat
the Americans."

My jailor later told me, just as the WikiLeaks
documents state, that former ISI head Ahmed Gul was involved
with the Taliban. He mentioned the names of other well-known
former Pakistani army officers, Dyk wrote.

"My experiences as a prisoner and knowing some of what
my captors had to go through to hide me, their fear of being
exposed, and the power of Pakistani political agents, have
convinced me that bin Laden is not hiding along the border,"
he said.

"The Taliban told me that he was being kept by the
ISI. The Taliban were being used regionally, al-Qaeda was
international," Dyk wrote.

PTI

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