Proxy war: Pakistan rejects US allegations against ISI

Foreign Office spokesperson says ISI not fighting any war through Haqqani network in Afghanistan.

Express September 22, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Tehmina Janjua on Thursday rejected US allegations that the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) is using a Pakistan-based militant network for a proxy war in Afghanistan.

Speaking during the Foreign Office briefing in Islamabad, Janjua said Pakistan had no cooperation with the Haqqani network and was not fighting any war through the Haqqanis in Afghanistan.

The spokesperson also pointed out cross-border attacks from Afghanistan and said that the issue had been raised with the United States.

Janjua said Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani will be visiting Afghanistan and will offer condolences over the death of Burhanuddin Rabbani.

Earlier, US officials had claimed that there was mounting evidence that the ISI had been encouraging the Haqqani network to attack targets in Afghanistan.

The US ambassador to Pakistan also blamed the Haqqani network for the Kabul siege that left 14 people dead, and claimed that there was evidence linking the group to the Pakistani government.

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Amer | 8 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@Mariam.b: Absolutely right Mariam

Babar F. | 8 years ago | Reply | Recommend

People, come to your senses! We are being played in the hands of self-interest driven political forces. In war-time political leaders get re-elected, army budget get quadrupled, competitive trade rivals are happy to see us trapped in a war and it's aftermath. Hopeless extremist & terrorist find a legitimate partner in the government & locals. Anti-Muslim forces get united. Pakistan, who desperately need better economy, better public facilities & flood planning goes back 100 years in progress.

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