[This “breaking news” about Pakistan is not news at all. Our government has always known about the military/militant nexus in Pakistan, because the CIA hired the ISI to create the Taliban and a dozen other “Islamist” groups. The CIA continues to maintain links with all of its former client groups, just as the ISI does. How else can you explain the ease it experienced in rehiring “al-Qaeda” to overthrow Gaddafi? Instead of scapegoating the ISI for keeping in touch with their former and current clients, the ignorant American spy-masters should persuade its ISI friends to use those connections to help us get out of the Afghan jam. Pakistan could put US negotiators in touch with Mullah Omar or Mullah Brother (Baradar), if it so desired, but NOT if the hypocritical West insists on prosecuting Pakistan for this losing war. Pakistan must take bold steps to hold-up a mirror to the other side, in order to expose the hypocrisy and to force the West into telling the truth about its real plans for Afghanistan–the reason that a losing war must be prolonged, at all costs. We are there to take control and to dominate the region, taking over the regional decision-making processes is the real mission in Afghanistan.]
WASHINGTON: The US today said it has “long standing concerns” over ISI’s links with the Taliban and wants Pakistan to “cut-off” those ties, hours after a Nato report blew the lid off the intelligence agency’s “manipulation” of Afghan Taliban’s senior leadership.
Pentagon spokesperson Navy Capt John Kirby told reporters during an off-camera briefing that the facts laid bare by the damning report were “not a new notion” and these concerns have been raised earlier as well.
“This is not a new notion, we made those concerns clear and the Secretary has been very clear about the ongoing problem of safe havens inside Pakistan for these groups,” Kirby said referring to a new Nato report on Taliban which says that the ISI continues to help the extremist group, which wants to come back to power in Afghanistan.
“We have made it clear already that Pakistan needs to act against safe heavens. We would like ties between some elements of ISI and Taliban to be cut-off,” he said.
Kirk said the US had “longstanding concerns” about the ties between the elements of the ISI and the Taliban but did not give details on what elements of the ISI he was referring to.
Without going into the specific of the classified report, Kirby said the US does has information that the Taliban is becoming splintered and is not a monolithic organisation.
For instance, he said, a couple of weeks ago about 50 Taliban came in and asked to be reintegrated.
The reason they gave was that they can’t sleep at one place for more than a day and that they do not want to kill their own Afghan countrymen, he said.
So the US pressure on the Taliban is yielding results, Kirby said.