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Ex-ISI men likely behind 26/11 attacks, says Athar

The ISPR chief Maj-Gen Athar Abbas

ISLAMABAD: Military spokesman Maj-Gen Athar Abbas has hinted at involvement of retired ISI officials in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, but categorically denied any role of serving spies.

The ISPR chief, in his interaction with the visiting delegation of Indian journalists and in an interview with CNN-IBN, indicated the possibility of some retired officials collaborating with Mumbai perpetrators.

This is probably the first time that Pakistan military has suggested possible links between retired ISI men and Lashkar-e-Taiba, though India had in the past accused serving officials of being involved.

Maj-Gen Abbas described the group responsible for the attacks as a splinter group of LeT headed by Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, who is being tried by an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi.

He denied ISI had any links with the Haqqani Network – an accusation made by Chairman US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen during his visit to Islamabad last week.

The military spokesman reiterated the demand for an end to US drone strikes in tribal areas.(Source)

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  • آئی ایس آئی امریکہ کی نظر میں دہشت گرد

    برطانوی اخبار گارڈین کو ملنے والی امریکی خفیہ دستاویزات کے مطابق امریکی حکام پاکستانی خفیہ ایجنسی آئی ایس آئی کو ایک دہشت گرد تنظیم تصور کرتے ہیں۔

    ان دستاویزات کے مطابق گوانتانامو بے میں تفتیش کاروں کو جو ہدایات دی گئیں ان میں آئی ایس آئی کو القاعدہ، حماس اور حزب اللہ کے ساتھ ایک خطرے کے طور پر بتایا گیا اور کہا گیا کہ کسی بھی شخص کا اگر ان گروپوں کے ساتھ کوئی تعلق نکلتاہو تو اسے دہشت گرد یا مزاحمت کار کے طور پر دیکھا جائے۔

    پاکستانی فوج کے دفتر تعلقات عامہ کے سربراہ اطہر عباس نے برطانوی اخبار گارڈین اور نیویارک ٹائمز میں شائع ہونے والی اس خبر پر تبصرہ کرنے سے انکار کردیا۔

    امریکی دفتر خارجہ نے ان خبروں کی اشاعت کی مذمت کی لیکن خبروں کی سچائی یا ان کے غلط ہونے کے بارے میں کچھ نہیں کہا۔

    سن دو ہزار سات کی ان خفیہ دستاویزات کے مطابق ’ ان تنظیموں کے ساتھ تعلق کے ذریعے خلیج گوانتانامو کے کسی قیدی نے ممکن ہے کہ القاعدہ یا طالبان کو مدد فراہم کی ہو یا وہ خود افغانستان میں امریکی افواج کے خلاف کارروائیوں میں ملوث رہا ہو‘۔

    دستاویزات کے مطابق آئی ایس آئی سمیت ان تنظیموں سے کسی بھی شخص کا تعلق اس بات کا ثبوت ہے کہ وہ شخص مستقبل میں امریکہ کے لیے خطرہ ہو سکتا ہے۔

    ان امریکی دستاویزات میں آئی ایس آئی کو ان چھتیس گروپوں میں شامل کیا گیا ہے جن میں مصر کی اسلامک جہاد، جس کی قیادت القاعدہ کے نائب سربراہ ایمن الزواہری کرتے ہیں، چیچنیا کی سبوتاژ بٹالین، ایرانی انٹیلیجنس ادارے اور اخوان المسلیمون جیسی تنظیمیں شامل ہیں۔

    اخبار کے مطابق اگرچہ یہ فہرست دو ہزار سات کی ہے لیکن اس بات کا امکان کم ہے کہ اب آئی ایس آئی کا نام اس فہرست سے نکال دیا گیا ہو۔

    ان خفیہ امریکی دستاویزات میں جن میں خلیج گوانتانامو کے سات سو قیدیوں کے پس منظر کا خلاصہ بیان کیا گیا ہے بظاہر انٹیلینجس رپورٹوں سے معلومات حاصل کی گئی ہیں۔ ان معلومات کی بنیاد پر متعدد بار آئی ایس آئی کا ذکر ہے کہ یہ ادارہ افغانستان میں اتحادی افواج کے خلاف مزاحمت کاروں کو مدد اور تحافظ فراہم کر رہا ہے اور یہاں تک کہ القاعدہ کے ساتھ بھی تعاون کر رہا ہے۔

    گارڈین لکھتا ہے کہ دستاویزات میں آئی ایس آئی کی مزاحمت کاروں کو مبینہ حمایت کی تفضیل امریکہ کے اعلیٰ سطح کے فیصلہ سازوں کی آئی ایس آئی کے بارے میں سوچ کو ظاہر کرتا ہے۔

    کئی دستاویزات میں دو ہزار دو اور تین میں آئی ایس آئی کی مبینہ کارروائیوں کا ذکر ہے جو کہ دو ہزار سات میں بش انتظامیہ کی پالیسی میں تبدیلی سے کافی عرصے پہلے کا زمانہ ہے۔ دو ہزار سات میں بش انتظامیہ نے پاکستان کی سکیورٹی اسٹیبلشمنٹ پر نکتہ چینی شروع کر دی تھی۔

    دستاویزات میں خلیج گوانتانامو کے قید خانے کے حکام کی جانب سے ایک بڑے شدت پسند ہارون الافغانی کو رہا نہ کرنے کی کئی وجوہات میں سے ایک وجہ یہ بتائی گئی جو آئی ایس آئی کے شدت پسندوں کے ساتھ روابط کی ایک مثال ہے۔ ہارون الافغانی کی فائل میں لکھا ہے کہ اس نے اگست دو ہزار چھ میں ایک میٹنگ میں شرکت کی جس میں پاکستانی فوج اور انٹیلیجنس حکام، طالبان، القاعدہ، لشکر طیبہ اور گلبدین حکمت یار کی حزب اسلامی کے سرکردہ رہنما شریک تھے۔

    گارڈین لکھتا ہے کہ اس بات کے افشا ہونے سے کہ امریکہ آئی ایس آئی کو القاعدہ اور طالبان کے برابر خطرہ سمجھتا ہے پاکستان میں شدید ردعمل ہوگا اور اس سے دونوں ممالک کے انٹیلیجنس اداروں کے درمیان پہلے سے خراب تعلقات مزید بگڑ جائیں گے۔

    گزشتہ برس نومبر میں بھی گارڈین نے ایسا شہادتی مواد شائع کیا تھا جس کے مطابق امریکی انٹیلیجنس اداروں کو ایسی رپورٹیں مل رہی ہیں کہ آئی ایس آئی کئی برسوں سے افغانستان میں طالبان کی مدد کر رہی ہے۔

  • WikiLeaks reveals: ‘US classified ISI as terror affiliate’

    By Saba Imtiaz

    Published: April 26, 2011

    Detainees in orange jumpsuits sit in a holding area under the watchful eyes of military police during in-processing to the temporary detention facility at Camp X-Ray of Naval Base Guantanamo Bay in this January 11, 2002 file photograph. PHOTO: REUTERS

    KARACHI:

    Guantanamo detainees confessed to working with the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Pakistani military in facilitating al Qaeda and the Taliban, according to leaked US classified documents released by WikiLeaks on Monday.

    According to the documents, the US had designated the ISI as one of the 32 “militant forces or organisations” with which al Qaeda or the Taliban had or has “an established working, supportive, or beneficiary relationship for the achievement of common goals”. The Iranian intelligence, Hamas and Jaish-e-Mohammad were also included.

    However, when contacted regarding the documents, Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major-General Athar Abbas refused to comment. “Is there a source attached to these documents? Are they authentic? It appears to be an effort at instigation. We will not issue official statements on documents that we do not know the authenticity of. Let the Pentagon comment and then we will see.”

    An ISI spokesperson also declined to comment on the documents until they had been properly analysed.
    Hundreds of documents regarding the backgrounds and interrogations of Guantanamo Bay detainees by the US were published on Monday, which point to al Qaeda’s role and operations and the intelligence gathered by Pakistan and the US to capture suspects. However, the documents do not mention the harsh interrogation techniques used at Guantanamo under which these ‘confessions’ were extracted. A lot of the information cited in the documents is also said to be third-party intelligence.

    The documents come just days after US Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen launched a tirade against the ISI and its links with another al Qaeda/Taliban affiliate, the Haqqani Network – a claim that was vehemently denied by Pakistan.

    A summary of the key findings of the new leaked documents released by WikiLeaks is below:

    Derailing the Karzai government

    According to a document about Afghan detainee Abdul Rehman, mid-level Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Satter attended a meeting with Mullah Mohammad Omar in Quetta. “The meeting included high-level Taliban leaders Mullah Abdul Bari, Mullah Mohammed Nabi, Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Osmani, representatives from the Pakistani government and the ISI. Mullah Omar told the attendees that they should not cooperate with the new infidel government (in Afghanistan) and should keep attacking coalition forces.”

    ISI role

    Detainee Haroon al Afghani was assessed to have attended a joint operations meeting in 2006 with commanders of the Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Pakistani military and intelligence officials and the ‘Islamic Party’ (believed to be a reference to the Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin – HIG). It was decided in the meeting that operations in Kapisa, Kunar, Laghman and Nangarhar provinces would be increased – including suicide bombings. Al Afghani is also said to have facilitated travel within the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) in Pakistan and provided intelligence on al Qaeda’s work there. He is also noted “to have provided information on ISI assistance to extremist groups operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan and may have additional information on their associations and activities.”

    A Yemeni detainee said he had witnessed a meeting in Kandahar between Osama bin Laden, Pakistani intelligence agents and tribal leaders loyal to bin Laden.

    Corruption within the ISI

    Afghan detainee Rohullah Wakil was alleged to be an al Qaeda supporter, who provided information on corruption within the ISI and its support to al Qaeda.
    “In January 2002, ISI financed the efforts of several factions in Konar province in order to destabilise the Afghanistan Interim Administration (AIA). ISI reportedly called for a meeting, Rohullah along with Malik (Zirin) attended from Afghanistan. In March 2002, the ISI reportedly provided detainee with $12,000 to finance military operations against the AIA in hopes of destabilising the new government and disrupting the Loya Jirga.”

    Detainee links with ISI and rogue ISI units

    According to the analyst’s notes, Wakil may have “negotiated the exodus of Arabs out of Tora Bora into Pakistan, possibly with the help of the ISI, for a price.”

    The document also notes that he had dealings with the UK and the ISI, and while he supported the AIA he was also undermining the transition process.

    Australian detainee David Hicks is also reported to have dealings with the ISI.

    In one document, an analyst notes that “rogue factions of the ISI have routinely pursued private interests and acted against the stated policy of the government of Pakistan.” Detainee Nasser Gul, assessed to be a high-level HIG commander is reported to have “also worked with rogue elements of the ISI”. An analyst notes that the ISI has strong ties with the LeT “in regard to insertion tactics into Kashmir”.

    Military training

    A document about Guantanamo Bay detainee Abdul Kakal Hafiz puts up massive allegations against the Pakistan army. “In January 2003, anti-coalition militia groups under the command of Mullah Haji Satar, Mullah Abdul Basir, and Mullah Abdul Hakim trained in the Khadar Tana Toba region, Zabul Province, next to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Three Pakistani military officers provided one month of training for the group in explosives, bomb-making, and assassination techniques. This training was conducted in preparation for a planned spring campaign to assassinate Westerners.” The detainee is implicated in the ambush of the International Committee of the Red Cross’ convoy in which one volunteer was killed.

    Training in Kashmir

    Yemeni detainee Abd al Malik abd al Wahab is reported to have travelled to Karachi and stayed at the home of Mohammad Iqbal, a friend of his father. Iqbal’s son, Ahmed Mohammad Iqbal, was reportedly a fighter in Kashmir and attempted to recruit Wahab. However, Wahab said he would not fight there but would accept the training. Wahab confessed that he “attended a 15-day military-style training camp in Pakistan sponsored by the Pakistani army.”

    “The camp concentrated on aquatics training and did not involve weapons training. The training consisted of swimming above the water while dragging a bag or a small raft, both of which were filled with rocks symbolising personal belongings and weapons. Detainee denied this training was designed to simulate transporting explosives. Students at the camp were also trained on how to operate small rubber boats and were taught how to avoid detection by flipping the boat.”
    How the captures worked

    A number of detainees appear to have been caught in a raid on December 15, 2001, as fighters crossed over from Tora Bora into Pakistan. These prisoners were referred to as the ‘Dirty 30’ and were jailed in Peshawar. The Pakistani jail warden told them that while being interrogated, they should say that they were in Afghanistan to teach the Quran. Most of the detainees initially used this as their cover.

    The detainees were transferred to Kandahar on December 26, 2001. The ISI had listed 48 Yemenis, who were captured while crossing over from Afghanistan.
    Lists of hundreds of al Qaeda members were obtained from raids on al Qaeda safe houses in Karachi and Rawalpindi and from hard disk drives linked with Khalid Shaikh Mohammad. An ISI raid at a Karachi safe house on September 11, 2002, netted a document listing 324 Arabic names, aliases and nationalities and the passports of bin Laden’s family members.

    Mohammad’s arrest – which his family claims was because a friend turned him in – came from a document seized in a ‘joint raid’ with the ISI. Other detainees were captured in raids and arrests in Karachi, Rawalpindi, Kohat, Bannu and Faisalabad. Karachi is notable in the documents as the landing destination for most of the detainees, who flew in from Dubai. Many of them stayed in hotels in Saddar, notably the Dubai Hotel. Detainees provided information about al Qaeda safe houses and offices in Quetta, Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Peshawar, as well as facilities run by the Taliban and Harkatul Jihad al Islami.

    According to one document, “in late 2001 and early 2002, a total of 195 detainees in Pakistani custody were interviewed in Peshawar and Kohat by teams composed of US interrogators.”

    Plots, Karachi

    After Mohammad’s arrest on March 1, 2003, Ammar al Baluchi and Walid Muhammad Salih bin Attash began preparations to continue the Karachi Plot which called for simultaneous attacks on the US consulate and American targets in residential and commercial areas of Karachi. The Karachi Plot was unsuccessful due to the capture of al Baluchi and Attash while attempting to acquire explosives for the operation.

    Training of suicide operatives

    Tajikistan detainee Umar bin Hamza Abdallahyviv is reported to have moved to the Babu Camp near Peshawar in March 2001. “A foreign government service reported the Taliban and al Qaeda trained male and female suicide operatives at Babu Camp in Pakistan. Operatives were then sent to Afghanistan.”

    Other plots that Guanta­namo’s detainees confessed to included the use of anthrax and biological weapons (for which Aafia Siddiqui’s advice had been enlisted), the possibility of obtaining a nuclear weapon, targets in the US and US diplomatic missions abroad and high-profile assassinations, including that of former president Pervez Musharraf.

    Key detainees

    Seventy-one Pakistanis were sent to Guantanamo, and over 60 have been transferred out. Guantanamo Bay currently houses 172 detainees.

    Saifullah Paracha
    Nationality: Pakistani
    Detained: July 8, 2003 in Thailand

    Paracha was assessed as a significant member of al Qaeda’s international network, who provided assistance to its operations and personnel. He met with bin Laden to discuss promoting his message, and offered the use of his equipment and business. Paracha is also closely associated with Khalid Shaikh Mohammad and Ammar al Baluchi among other al Qaeda operatives.

    Khalid Shaikh Mohammad
    Nationality: Pakistani
    Detained: March 1, 2003 in Rawalpindi

    Mohammad is believed to be the key plotter of the 9/11 attacks and headed al Qaeda’s media cell. His family members are also implicated, including cousins Abu Musab and Abu Khalid who “handle some of the most sensitive logistic and administrative matters for al Qaeda operatives based in or transiting to Pakistan”. He was reportedly waterboarded 183 times and will face trial by a military commission.

    Haroon al Afghani
    Nationality: Afghan
    Detained: February 4, 2007 in Nangarhar

    Haroon al Afghani is believed to be a senior HIG commander responsible for attacks against the US and coalition forces. He provided information on al Qaeda, as well as his role in facilitating the travel of al Qaeda members as well as transferring information and materials within Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Published in The Express Tribune, April 26th, 2011.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/156279/wikileaks-us-guantanamo-documents-says-isi-may-have-supported-al-qaeda/

  • I think this website has been hijacked by the Peoples Party…it used to be run by original PPP supporters now its zardari and co