The whistle-blowing site Wilileaks has released a cache of 250,000 secret messages sent by US diplomatic staff. Here are some of the key issues the documents reveal related to Pakistan, as reported by the New York Times and Guardian newspapers.
According to ANI, WikiLeaks has reportedly released about 94 documents about Pakistan. The documents mainly contain telegrams sent by the US Embassy in Islamabad to the State Department in Washington. Some of these papers relate to US observations about Pakistan’s policy towards Afghanistan, the debate within Pakistan on the war against terror, Islamabad’s cooperation with Washington, US reservations about Pakistan’s nuclear programme and other military and intelligence matters. Sources said that an anti-war activist gained access to over 400,000 secret documents following changes in the US communication system, and handed them over to WikiLeaks.
In July this year, WikiLeaks had published the Afghan war logs, disclosing that the US was operating a secret assassination squad in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and that a Pakistani intelligence agency was helping the Taliban, besides throwing light on the alleged crimes committed by the coalition troops in Afghanistan. (ANI)
28 November 2010 leaks (working draft)
- Pakistani (ISI trained) jihadis
- 070230z TF PROFESSIONAL ASSASSINATION TF PROFESSIONAL GARBOZ 2007-05-06 20:30:00
AFG: Assassination, RC EAST, 2 casualties… Province. Most of the fighters are reported to be from the Wazri Tribe in Pakistan. End of report. Headquarters International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan …
- D1 020330Z TF Professional Assasination of Deputy Chief of Eduction 2007-07-01 21:30:00
AFG: Assassination, RC EAST, 2 casualties… COMMENT-THE PAKISTAN GOVERNMENT WANTS THE CHILDREN OF AF TO BE UNEDUCATED SO THAT THEY ARE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO AL QAEDA INFLUENCE.) (FIELD COMMENT-ASSASSINATION CONFIRMED IN TF PROFESSIONAL INTSUM, DATED …
- The Deobandi Madrassah Connection
- 040849JAN08 TF Diamondback reports LN video taping convoy movements 2008-01-04 02:49:00
AFG: Detained, RC EAST, 0 casualties… numbers, a calendar, a phone number book, a Tascara ID card, and an ID card from the Charsada madrassa in Pakistan. On his phone are three video clips of coalition convoys and one of a column of armed men …
- (FRIENDLY ACTION) DETAINED RPT TF EAGLE 1-503 IN : 3 UE DET 2008-02-06 10:00:00
AFG: Detained, RC EAST, 0 casualties… , arrested three men suspected of facilitating improvised explosive device operations near the Pakistan border in the Bermel District of Paktika Province, Afghanistan, Feb. 6. Shkin ANP also discovered three …
Sectarian and ethnic violence
- (THREAT REPORT) IED THREAT RPT Kabul 2006-11-06 18:00:00
AFG: Sectarian Violence, RC CAPITAL, 0 casualties… / PAKISTAN (NFI) prior to coming to KABUL, via KHOST. One of the suicide bombers is a Pakistani native of WAZIRISTAN / PAKISTAN, approx 30 years old, tall, has white skin, has a short red beard, and wears …
- (THREAT REPORT) IED THREAT RPT Kabul 2006-11-20 18:00:00
AFG: Sectarian Violence, RC CAPITAL, 0 casualties… . They have been trained in the area of CHORAT (PAKISTAN) adjacent to PESHAWAR and at this time, they might live in the vicinity of the bazaar of POL-E CHARKHI (around 20 km to the east of KABUL …
- (THREAT REPORT) OTHER RPT Khawjabahawddi 2008-08-26 18:00:00
AFG: Sectarian Violence, RC NORTH, 0 casualties… information about the return of approximately 250 Pashto refugees from PAKISTAN to KHVAJEH BAHAV OD DIN district, TAKHAR province (NFI). Obviously the Tajik population in this area wants to prevent …
- (THREAT REPORT) ATTACK THREAT RPT Jaberi 2009-08-16 18:00:00
- AFG: Sectarian Violence, RC EAST, 0 casualties… IN THEIR AREA. THE WISE PEOPLE SAY WITHOUT THE AMERICANS THERE IS NO JUSTICE, WITHOUT THE PAKISTAN PEOPLE THERE WOULD BE NO BRIBES, AND WITHOUT THE AFGHANISTAN PEOPLE THERE WOULD BE NO OPPRESSION.) 6. (S …
- (THREAT REPORT) ATTACK THREAT RPT Tag Ab 2009-09-11 18:00:00
AFG: Sectarian Violence, RC EAST, 0 casualties… ((QARI BARYAL)) ASKED HIM TO COME TO PAKISTAN, DOING LIMITED ANALISYS THIS INDICATES TO THE REPORTING OFFICER HE IS AN IMPORTANT FIGURE. IT IS UNKNOWN WHY FARID WANTS SHUKUR KILLED.) AS OF 12 SEPTEMBER …
- Propaganda of ISI and ISI-sponsored Mullahs
- PROPAGANDA Other 2004-02-26 18:00:00
AFG: Propaganda, RC WEST, 0 casualties… PROPAGANDA Other PROPAGANDA BEING DISTRIBUTED IN LASHKAR GAH, HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN: MULLAH FAZUL RAHMAN, LEADER OF THE JAMIAT UL-LAHMAN PARTY IN PAKISTAN, NFI, IS PAYING UNIDENTIFIED …
- Al-qaida video 2007-02-16 13:27:00
AFG: Propaganda, RC EAST, 0 casualties… at night … The people are very happy about the coming of the Taliban," he says. Ali Mohammed Jan Aurakzai, the governor ofPakistan''s North West Frontier Province which …
- News story – Al-Qaida posts video showing purported suicide bomber in Afghanistan 2007-02-18 18:20:00
AFG: Propaganda, RC EAST, 0 casualties… , the traditional dress of long shirt and baggy pants common in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Another shot shows him cutting wires in what appears to be a bombmaking process. The video also shows munition boxes …
- Taliban kidnappings
- (CRIMINAL EVENT) KIDNAPPING RPT AED LN QA : 0 INJ/DAM 2008-08-07 12:00:00
AFG: Kidnapping, RC EAST, 0 casualties… will report this event to CSTC-A Mentors for further reporting. UPDATE: On 4 Sep 08, LN QA Deen Mohammad was released after ransom was paid to a Pakistan Taliban element. Believe that amount was approximately …
- (CRIMINAL EVENT) KIDNAPPING RPT AED CONTRUCTION CONTRACTOR : 0 INJ/DAM 2008-10-02 06:00:00
AFG: Kidnapping, UNKNOWN, 0 casualties… happened and WHERE it happened Provide Grid) Mr. Abdul Wali and Zainullah were kidnapped while on holiday for EID in Peshwar, Hyatabad District,Pakistan. A gang or maybe the Taliban surrounded the house …
- (CRIMINAL EVENT) KIDNAPPING RPT B CO 1-501 PIR : 0 INJ/DAM 2009-06-29 22:30:00
AFG: Kidnapping, RC EAST, 0 casualties… AND ALSO HAVE 2 ADDITIONAL PAKISTAN SIM CARDS. THEY HAVE 25,000 PAKISTAN RUPEES AND PHONE NUMBERS OF RELIGIOUS OFFICIALS UPDATE: 0904z THE NAMES OF THE FOUR PAX ARE 1. HALIM 17 YOA 2. PEER MOHAMED 30 YOA …
- POTF-AF INTSUM 05 MAR 07 (MOD) 2007-03-04 18:00:00
AFG: PSYOP, RC EAST, 0 casualties… ) Ghazni: Two suicide bombers from Pakistan are in Ghazni province, Afghanistan and will target district governors, police chiefs, and coalition forces. SPOT-THT10-0011-07 (DOI 20070304 DECL 20170304) (S …
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S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 05 TEL AVIV 002652
EO 12958 DECL: 08/24/2017
TAGS PREL, PTER, MARR, MASS, KNNP, UNSC, PK, IR, IZ, ZP”>ZP,
JO, EG, RS”>RS, CH, LE, SY, IS
SUBJECT: U/S BURNS’ AUGUST 17 MEETING WITH ISRAELI MOSSAD
CHIEF MEIR DAGAN
Classified By: Ambassador Richard H. Jones. Reasons: 1.4 (b)(d).
PAKISTAN: ISRAEL WORRIED ABOUT MUSHARRAF
16. (S) On Pakistan, Dagan said that President Musharraf is losing control, and that some of his coalition partners could threaten him in the future. The key question, Dagan said, is whether Musharraf retains his commander-in-chief role in addition to his role as president. If not, he will have problems. Dagan observed that there has been an increase in the number of attempts on Musharraf’s life, and wondered whether he will survive the next few years. Under Secretary Burns replied that South Asia has assumed vital importance in American foreign policy since September 11. The U.S. is committed to denying Afghanistan as a safe-haven for Taliban and Al-Qaeda activity. The USG will continue to support Pakistani President Musharraf, and is seeking to boost his military defensive capabilities. At the same time, the U.S. is encouraging Pakistan and Afghanistan to work with each other militarily. Turning to India, Under Secretary Burns noted that U.S.-Indian economic cooperation is growing, and that the USG is working effectively to reduce tensions between India and Pakistan.
Osama bin Laden: creation of a folk hero in Pakistan OBL has been a bugbear for American officials in Pakistan since long before the 9/11 attacks. In 1999 the Islamabad embassy noted that Bin Laden posters were hitting the streets for just 30 cents – “a bit more than the cost of a sidewalk haircut”.
An Osama bin Laden ‘wanted’ poster distributed by the US after the bombing of its embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on 7 August 1998. Photograph: AFP
The posters, officials wrote despairingly, were proving more popular than the US government’s “wanted” posters, which risked proving counter-productive. New wanted posters and matchboxes “may increase [Bin Laden]’s stature as a kind of folk hero”, they said.
Even the Taliban, “in sharp contrast with their ordinary execrable public relations performance”, was doing better than the US, the message continued. “We face a formidable foe among those churning out pro-Osama propaganda.”
The message urged Washington to consider a new raft of anti-Bin Laden propaganda through the Voice of America radio station, interviews with Bin Laden victims, “commissioned articles” in the local press and an anti-Bin Laden website.
“Although that would appear to be counterintuitive – that the masses don’t use the internet – almost all Islamic and Islamist groups do indeed have internet access and use it extensively.” (Source)
The cables show US concern over radioactive material in nuclear power stations in Pakistan, with fears it could be used in terror attacks. They reveal the US has been attempting to remove highly enriched uranium from a research reactor in Pakistan since 2007.
In a May 2009 cable, US ambassador Anne W Patterson says Pakistan had refused a visit from US experts. She quotes a Pakistani officials as saying removing the fuel would be seen in Pakistan “as the United States taking Pakistan’s nuclear weapons”.
Saudi King on Pakistan, Iraq and Iran
The cables released by Wikileaks, the whistle-blower, disclose that aging monarch of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah, as speaking scathingly about the leaders of Iraq and Pakistan. Speaking to another Iraqi official about Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, King Abdullah said, “You and Iraq are in my heart, but that man is not.” The king called President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan the greatest obstacle to that country’s progress. “When the head is rotten,” he said, “it affects the whole body.”
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has repeatedly urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear programme, according to leaked US diplomatic cables that describe how other Arab allies have secretly agitated for military action against Tehran. The revelations, in secret memos from US embassies across the Middle East, expose behind-the-scenes pressures in the scramble to contain the Islamic Republic, which the US, Arab states and Israel suspect is close to acquiring nuclear weapons. Bombing Iranian nuclear facilities has hitherto been viewed as a desperate last resort that could ignite a far wider war. The Saudi king was recorded as having “frequently exhorted the US to attack Iran to put an end to its nuclear weapons programme”, one cable stated. “He told you [Americans] to cut off the head of the snake,” the Saudi ambassador to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir said, according to a report on Abdullah’s meeting with the US general David Petraeus in April 2008. (Source)
Report by daily Telegraph, UK (based on the July 2010 release of the Wikileaks)
Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency retains links with militants to gain influence in the region. They are thought to have collaborated with terrorist leaders to order suicide bombings over the last six years. Vehicles were allegedly filled with explosives in Pakistan before being driven across the border into Afghanistan, sometimes with ISI collusion.
Wikileaks: Pakistan accused of helping Taliban in Afghanistan attacks
Pakistan has armed, trained and coordinated Taliban and al-Qaeda attacks in Afghanistan, according to the military reports.
The documents detail a 2006 meeting with senior Taliban leaders in which Pakistani officials pushed for an attack on Maruf, a district of Kandahar that lies beside the Pakistan border. An offensive began later that year.
The files also link active and retired ISI officers to some of the conflict’s most notorious leaders. According to the reports, in 2007, they sent also 1,000 motorbikes for use in suicide attacks.
The reports name former ISI chief General Hamid Gul as a go-between and claim he regularly met al-Qaeda and Taliban commanders to order suicide attacks.
In one classified “threat report”, Gul is described ordering magnetic mines to be planted in snow on roads used by military vehicles.
“Gul’s final comment to the three individuals was ‘make the snow warm in Kabul’ basically telling them to set Kabul aflame,” the report said.
Another accuses him of meeting Arab “elders” in Pakistan’s lawless tribal belt to plan a series of suicide bombings.