Pakistan spied on German officers in Afghanistan: Paper

Published: October 31, 2011

Pakistan's interior and foreign ministries and military were unavailable for comment. PHOTO: FILE/EXPRESS

BERLIN: Pakistan’s secret service spied on German security forces in Afghanistan, raising fears that sensitive information could end up in the hands of the Taliban, a German paper reported on Sunday.  

Without citing its sources, mass-selling weekly Bild am Sonntag reported that Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency warned its interior ministry that Pakistan had spied on 180 German police officers deployed in Afghanistan to train locals.

The interior ministry told Reuters that the BND suspected a German email had been intercepted but could not give confirmation. The ministry added it was not aware of any comprehensive interception of German police data.

Pakistan’s interior and foreign ministries and military were unavailable for comment.

Bild am Sonntag said private telephone calls, messages to the ministry, military mission orders and lists of police officer names had been intercepted.

The BND declined to comment on the report.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 31st,  2011.

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Reader Comments (56)

  • anwar
    Oct 30, 2011 - 11:21PM

    Naughty boys. Kabul needs more entertainment I suppose

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  • Sirat-ul-mustaqeem
    Oct 30, 2011 - 11:32PM

    Keep on continuing your western propaganda against Pakistan security agencies, but let me tell you all that you will never succeed in your devilish designs…

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  • Sao Lao
    Oct 30, 2011 - 11:37PM

    I.S.I is the best intelligence agency in world taking on all the hostile agencies head on.
    Keep defending Pakistan. Pakistan First!..

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  • let there be peace
    Oct 30, 2011 - 11:44PM

    I like the way now a days the western media directly blame Pakistan and ISI, instead of the fringe elements and non state actors.

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  • Cautious
    Oct 30, 2011 - 11:58PM

    The ISI is out of control – time for some major changes. President Asif Ali Zardari tried to put this agency under his direct control when he assumed office and was told NO. He should make another attempt and if they don’t want to report to Civilian authority then cut off their funding.

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  • Roflcopter
    Oct 31, 2011 - 12:38AM

    and baseless allegations against the great ISI continue.

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  • Khatti Chousney
    Oct 31, 2011 - 12:42AM

    ISI got to got what it got to do ……………………… at the end of the day, they protect this country!

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  • Maria
    Oct 31, 2011 - 12:44AM

    How convenient for the Western forces to release such information when it suits them. We all know that that they plan on leaving Afghanistan and they are looking for a scapegoat to blame their failures on. Like before they plan on dumping the mess on Pakistan but I hope that the Pakistani leadership does what is best for the country alone. Remember how Pakistan worked as a front line state to defeat the Soviets in Afghanistan. We suffered the most and in the end, the West left and dumped all of the foreign workers and instability in Pakistan. Now they plan on doing the same. Let’s seal the border with Afghanistan permanently so that no movement back and forth through the Pakistan Afghanistan border is possible. Then the West can’t complain at all!

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  • aazam
    Oct 31, 2011 - 1:05AM

    it is only a part of malicious compaign against ISI and pakistan which has been launched by western media.the story is far away from reality and western media’s grudge against pakistan can clearly be noticed in it.

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  • Saj
    Oct 31, 2011 - 1:20AM

    BILd is mass selling because of model’s pictures on front page and masala news.
    And whole article is from unknown sources.
    Anyway! Keep pouring!Recommend

  • Talha
    Oct 31, 2011 - 1:25AM

    As a great Aalim’s Maulana guest once said, “kuch nazuk se halat hain.”

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  • Gul Bahadur
    Oct 31, 2011 - 1:42AM

    How long we can hide our I.S.I from the global international networks,and how many foreign countries will listen to the daily denials of our foreign office.The office has literally exhausted it’s vocabulary of English.They may opt to use the good services of Maulavi Fazalrehman,who can fool all the people all the time.Or they should ask ch shujat Hussain,to support the govt in these trying times.They can also try saad rafiq,sanaullh or khurshid if their bosses agree to loan them for reasonable commission.

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  • csmann
    Oct 31, 2011 - 2:05AM

    iSN’T spying exactly the thing that a spying agency has to do???
    I.m sure somebody from germany was keeping tabs on isi and other agencies;that’s how they must have come to know that isi was spying.in the first place.

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  • faraz
    Oct 31, 2011 - 2:08AM

    It’s actually a Zionist conspiracy. Germans want to atone for the holocaust; Zionists have asked Germans to malign ISI, so that the only threat to their global domination is neutralized.

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  • Arindom
    Oct 31, 2011 - 2:18AM

    ISI is no different from taliban, qaeda, l-e-t, etc – only tax funded!!

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  • R
    Oct 31, 2011 - 2:23AM

    I don’t get it, There data got hacked and they put this blame on ISI? how did they know hackers were ISI agents? Stupid allegations

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  • Usman
    Oct 31, 2011 - 2:42AM

    This makes me proud of being a Pakistani. We are lucky to have the ISI. Did the Germans think they could come in to our backyard and do as they please? Well, get in line.

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  • j. von hettlingen
    Oct 31, 2011 - 2:46AM

    I hope this story isn’t true. “Bild am Sonntag” is best-known for sensationalism and its unverifiable evidence.
    Germany’s intelligence – BND “Bundesnachrichtendienst” declined to comment on the report doesn’t mean that the story is or isn’t true. Maybe “Bild am Sonntag” had made an elephant out of a fly.

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  • It Is Economy Stupid
    Oct 31, 2011 - 2:46AM

    @let there be peace: It is ground work to mobilize public opinion for boots on the ground. Change voluntarily or international community will force a change regardless.

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  • Amir Wayn
    Oct 31, 2011 - 2:58AM

    ISI is not actively spying at the moment but the fear it has created on enemies brain is heaps. Imagine what happens when ISI become vigorous.

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  • Cynical
    Oct 31, 2011 - 3:36AM

    ISI should be nominated for ‘Nobel peasce prize’

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  • Numbersnumbers
    Oct 31, 2011 - 3:38AM

    @Sao Lao:
    So Osama Bin Laden was found to be living WHERE for the past 6 years, along with wives and staff, all without “permission to remain in Pakistan”!

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  • asma@london
    Oct 31, 2011 - 3:39AM

    More propaganda against Pakistan, sign of desperation and a dangerous sign as well.

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  • Soho
    Oct 31, 2011 - 4:11AM

    I love Pakistan like any patriotic Pakistani but sometimes I wonder if our army is making the right decisions. Supporting Taliban is a big mistake! Really think about it. Who are they? What’s their agenda? Who are their leaders? It’s simply scary. Negotiating with them from a weaker position is not in Pakistan’s interest. They may not be bad but they are lost and on the path of loosing Pakistan for us! We need a gutsy leader, now to make some gutsy decisions. For Pakistan’s sake, I hope we find him or her SOON!!!

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  • MarkH
    Oct 31, 2011 - 4:32AM

    @Sao Lao:
    For being so good they get caught an awful lot.

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  • MarkH
    Oct 31, 2011 - 4:36AM

    @Khatti Chousney:
    At the end of the day they don’t protect you. At the end of the day they’re going to get you carpet bombed.

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  • Khatti Chousney
    Oct 31, 2011 - 4:38AM

    @Arindom: pls add CIA, MI6,RAW,STASSI,GRU,KGB,KHAD,MOSSAD and others to the list.

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  • Jan
    Oct 31, 2011 - 4:58AM

    What? No denial yet?

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  • k j kunar
    Oct 31, 2011 - 5:29AM

    Propaganda to leave Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Jadugar
    Oct 31, 2011 - 5:38AM

    So he was spying, Isnt that is his job. He is just doing what he paid to do. Nato and the Ameraican do the same thing in Pakistan, Please tell me what was Raymond Davis doing in Pakistan and why was his caught. If ISI didnt do its job we will all be speaking German soon

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  • Pundit
    Oct 31, 2011 - 5:56AM

    “Pakistan’s interior and foreign ministries and military were unavailable for comment.”

    Pls wait the Denial Dept is engaged with other more pressing denials.

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  • Pundit
    Oct 31, 2011 - 5:58AM

    It is the sovereign right if Pakistan to spy over another sovereign nation.

    Whats the fuss?

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  • Samir
    Oct 31, 2011 - 7:00AM

    More proof of Pakistan’s delusion. People like Asma keep believing lies. How will Pakistan improve if even the diaspora believe the lies?Recommend

  • Basit
    Oct 31, 2011 - 7:54AM

    And the CIA and German intelligence is NOT eavesdropping on Pakistan and others?

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  • Brasstacks
    Oct 31, 2011 - 7:55AM

    @Usman: Then shall I say that Pakistan is India’s backyard? If you people want ur sovereignty then learn to respect other’s sovereignty, in this case Afghanistan’s.

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  • anybodyagree
    Oct 31, 2011 - 7:59AM

    its their job, well done ISI . . .

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  • anybodyagree
    Oct 31, 2011 - 8:01AM

    its part of their job, well done ISI . . .

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  • maxwell
    Oct 31, 2011 - 8:01AM

    @von hettlingen…”nachrichtendiest” does not imply intelligence…it only means new agency…look what you are talking about…intelligence agencies are not “nachrichtdiest”. :)

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  • sanwal
    Oct 31, 2011 - 8:44AM

    great isi great pakistan .no propaganda can succeed against this bulwark of pakistanRecommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Oct 31, 2011 - 9:05AM

    These are the jobs done by all premier agencies in the world and Pakistan is one of them so no surprise element in this news. I hope they were not female officers from Germany.

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  • Oct 31, 2011 - 9:57AM

    What is to note is that whatever info Pakistan has German officials have assumed it will end up with the Taliban.

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  • adam
    Oct 31, 2011 - 10:21AM

    Accesss to information is the right, so what is wrong in that, come on guys, it should not be a news. Recommend

  • Someone
    Oct 31, 2011 - 10:23AM

    If America can send over Raymond Davis’s into Pakistan, I see no reason why it would be wrong for Pakistan to reciprocate in the same light.

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  • surtee
    Oct 31, 2011 - 10:38AM

    it is time that western media instead of spreading rumour, gossip start writing the truth, for all western/american are no saint,There are many skeleton in their cupboard Don’t forget IRAQ. What you said before and what you found.Stop blaming Muslim countries for we are human and we have right to protect our honour and virtue.

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  • aziz
    Oct 31, 2011 - 10:41AM

    Malicious western propaganda

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  • Zafar Karachiwala
    Oct 31, 2011 - 11:11AM

    Shame Shame.

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  • Jhot Bolta
    Oct 31, 2011 - 11:55AM

    Well i doubt the authencity of this report but however, at the same its right to know the whereabouts and other details of developments occuring in your neighbourhood

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  • Bingo
    Oct 31, 2011 - 12:02PM

    I just wonder why the West is giving so much hype to our Intelligence agency?! I mean what have they done for our country? Recommend

  • Oct 31, 2011 - 12:13PM

    @Maria: You deserve praise for a wonderfully written piece of comments. Salams to you.

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  • AN
    Oct 31, 2011 - 12:16PM

    Pakistan’s secret service spied on German security forces in Afghanistan, raising fears that sensitive information could end up in the hands of the Taliban

    Makes no sense. First of all why we would spy Germans and even if ISI has done that then it’s their job. Can you complain? Everyone does that. How it will end up in Taliban hands? Recommend

  • gothmog
    Oct 31, 2011 - 12:39PM

    Just ISI’s way way of saying “we’re watching you”, just to keep them in line.

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  • Faisal
    Oct 31, 2011 - 12:59PM

    Western countries never leave any stone unturned to malign the prestigious Pakistani spy agency, the great ISI making it responsible for wests failure in Afghanistan.

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  • Oct 31, 2011 - 5:14PM

    Wonder why an official denial has not come so far. Great thing is that even before the comments of the ISI most of the commentators her already know that this is a conspiracy by the west. Good mind set.

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  • You Said It
    Nov 1, 2011 - 4:52AM

    @Someone
    Sure we can send Paki version of Raymond Davis to the US, but then he might get shot in the head quicker than he can draw his gun — after all, remember that Raymond Davis’s victims were armed.

    But oh wait, we already sent Faisal Shahzad to the US.

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  • Ashraf P
    Nov 1, 2011 - 7:34PM

    @Khatti Chousney: Would you care to tell us what their successes were in all these years?

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  • ali
    Nov 2, 2011 - 4:47AM

    ISI out of control ? you people are so naive
    how much control does Obama have of CIA ?

    you know the entire Bay of Pigs Operation in America was carried out with Kennedy knowing a Single Thing
    or that in the 70s at least 5 Govt where overthrown in Latin america by the CIA with out any presidential input

    ISI is firmly under control of Pakistan Army
    Whilst CIA is under control of Zionist and Lobbyist controlled Politicians

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