Friday, November 7, 2014

Pakistan Objects to Pentagon Report

Pakistan is objecting to a recent report released at the end of October entitled the Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan, DoD 1230 Report, October 2014. In the report the Pentagon states that the Taliban insurgent groups enjoy sanctuary in Pakistan (no big secret, everyone knows this) and that Pakistan is not quite doing enough to shut down the sanctuaries. What isn't quite spelled out in the report in plain language is the fact that Pakistan's intelligence service (ISI) is actively supporting the insurgent groups (especially the Haqqani Network) with money, training, and other types of support. The two excerpts below are from page 95 of the report cited above.
"Taliban attacks in Afghanistan launched from sanctuaries in Pakistan remain a serious problem. These sanctuaries exist primarily in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Baluchistan." 
"Afghan- and Indian-focused militants continue to operate from Pakistan territory to the detriment of Afghan and regional stability. Pakistan uses these proxy forces to hedge against the loss of influence in Afghanistan and to counter India’s superior military. These relationships run counter to Pakistan's pubic commitment to support Afghan-led reconciliation. Such groups continue to act as the primary irritant in Afghan-Pakistan bilateral relations".

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