On July 12 Pak told US officials Mullen, Kappes not to differ between terrorists
Karachi, Aug 5 : During the unscheduled July 12 visit by US Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Michael Mullen and CIA Deputy Director Stephen R Kappes, top Pakistan government and military officials, including President Pervez Musharraf, ISI chief Nadeem Taj and COAS Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, reportedly told them not to distinguish between a terrorist for the US and Afghanistan and a terrorist for Pakistan.
They said they wanted a fresh round of strategic dialogue with their US counterparts, essentially to prioritise the objectives and terrorist targets in the war against terror, keeping in mind the serious national security interests of the allies.
The Pakistani officials told the US officials that Pakistan would like to continue as an active partner in the US-led war against terror and that at no cost would it allow its land to be used to plot terror against Afghanistan.
They are also said to have conveyed to the US officials that Indian intelligence agencies were performing anti-Pakistan role from Kabul and New Delhi by planting bombings and fanning other terrorist-related activities. Besides, they were told as to why US was not acting on intelligence inputs about the top Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud.
Mullen and Kappes, who had rushed to Islamabad to convey the evidence of ISI’s hand in July 7 suicide bombing on Indian embassy in Kabul, were also told that Washington’s policy towards terrorism in Pakistan was ‘inconsistent’ with America’s declared commitment to the war against terror.
Quoting impeccable official sources in Islamabad, The News reported that strong evidence and circumstantial evidence of American acquiescence to terrorism inside Pakistan was outlined by the Pakistani establishment to the two US officials. The visit by the US officials hardened the resolve of Pakistan’s security establishment to keep supreme Pakistan’s national security interest even if it meant straining ties with the US and NATO, added the sources.
The Pakistani officials said that the Americans were not interested in disrupting the Kabul-based fountainhead of terrorism in Balochistan nor do they want to allocate the marvellous predator resource to neutralise the kingpin of suicide bombings against the Pakistani military establishment now hiding near the Pak-Afghan border, added the paper.
They proved Brahamdagh Bugti’s presence in Afghan intelligence safe houses in Kabul, his photographed visits to New Delhi and his orders for terrorism in Balochistan. The US officials were also asked why the CIA-run predator and the US military did not swing into action when they were provided the exact location of Baitullah Mehsud, Pakistan’s enemy number one and the mastermind of almost every suicide operation against the Pakistan Army and the ISI since June 2006.
According to them, one such precise piece of information was made available to the CIA on May 24 when Baitullah Mehsud drove to a remote South Waziristan mountain post in his Toyota Land Cruiser to address the press and returned back to his safe abode. The US military has the capacity to direct a missile to a precise location at very short notice as it has done close to 20 times in the last few years to hit al-Qaeda targets inside Pakistan.
On the occasion, Pakistani military leaders rubbished the American information and evidence on the Kabul bombing, but provided some rationale for keeping a window open with Haqqani, just as the British government had decided to open talks with some Taliban leaders in southern Afghanistan last year.
Besides, the American visitors were also told that the government of Pakistan had to seek the help of Taliban commanders such as Sirajuddin Haqqani for the release of its kidnapped ambassador Tariquddin Aziz, after the US-backed Karzai administration failed to secure Aziz’s release from his captors in Afghanistan, reported the paper.
Admiral Mullen and Kappes were both provided information about the activities of the Indian consulates in Kandahar and Jalalabad, and were asked how the CIA does not know that both Indian consulates are manned by Indian Intelligence who plot against Pakistan round the clock. “We wanted to know when our American friends would get interested in tracking down the terrorists responsible for hundreds of suicide bombings in Pakistan and those playing havoc with our natural resources in Balochistan while sitting in Kabul and Delhi,” said an official while describing the Pakistani mood during the July 12 meetings.
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