Proxy war: Pakistan rejects US allegations against ISI

Published: September 22, 2011
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Foreign Office spokesperson assured that ISI is not fighting any war through Haqqani network in Afghanistan. PHOTO: SANA

Foreign Office spokesperson assured that ISI is not fighting any war through Haqqani network in Afghanistan. PHOTO: SANA

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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Reader Comments (38)

  • Sep 22, 2011 - 4:32PM

    Whatelse can Pakistan do apart from rejecting claims every now and then?

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  • Pundit
    Sep 22, 2011 - 4:39PM

    Thank Allah the Paki Denial Machinery is intact…..with no response for days I was getting anxious…

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  • A.Khan
    Sep 22, 2011 - 4:47PM

    Now we have to defend this through all over media in the world. This is absolutely wrong that a state is dragged towards those issues which it is not involved.

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  • Firas
    Sep 22, 2011 - 4:49PM

    :) thank you for information you provided ma’m. But what about the proof that Pashan has just seen in US and did not say a word?? How long will you keep making fool of pakistani population…no one harms Pakistani interests more than the bunch of lies propagated by this govt….when will you inform people on what basis Musharraf agreed to fight this war…??

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  • Pakistani
    Sep 22, 2011 - 5:00PM

    Pakistan do not need to listen to America anymore. We have listened and pampered americans enough in the last 10 years and common Pakistani is suffering. Its time to defend the nation at all costs from American influence.

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  • Chengez Kengez K
    Sep 22, 2011 - 5:04PM

    It is time to have real peace negotiations!!1

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  • John B
    Sep 22, 2011 - 5:18PM

    PAK FO also said that OBL was not in PAK, and ISI and army concurred it until May 1.

    This time around PAK bit the hand that feeds.

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  • Imran Khan
    Sep 22, 2011 - 5:20PM

    First it was Alqaeda, then Taliban’s and now haqqanis, who know what is next. Americans just need a villain so they can put there naughty kids to sleep.

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  • ChaoticOne
    Sep 22, 2011 - 5:29PM

    Do these statements by government officials who are paid to lie have any effect even diplomatically? The structure of lies and deception on which the very nature of diplomacy is founded upon needs to be dismantled in the very near future. The world has become too open for these kinds of games. Yes it could have worked maybe 30 years earlier but this is not the case anymore.

    Move on.

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  • Sep 22, 2011 - 6:31PM

    //This is absolutely wrong that a state is dragged towards those issues which it is not involved.//

    wow!

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  • sam
    Sep 22, 2011 - 6:33PM

    It seems that Pakistan is out on the street to fight everything under the sun. May good scene prevail to Pakistan.

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  • abbas
    Sep 22, 2011 - 6:35PM

    Well the quick solution this insensibility from US is to ask them if you can not trust us just close all your activities including so called US AID, seal the borders with Afghanistan, send back EACH and EVERY Afghani back home and stay away from internal matters. I know that is too much asking from the govt whose own survival will be difficult due to financial constraints but I do not see any other solution to this.
    One obvious reason for US is pressure from India. Well US has to operate in India, it has investments there, employment of people there and they can not say No to India for this. Recommend

  • Pundit
    Sep 22, 2011 - 6:54PM

    @Natasha Suleman: What Pakistan can do is to disengage with the Haqqani Bros?

    Why is that so difficult for such an intelligent lady like u to understand?

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  • Bangash
    Sep 22, 2011 - 6:56PM

    What does FO know about the secret activities of ISI.Recommend

  • A.Khan
    Sep 22, 2011 - 6:59PM

    @Natasha Suleman:
    Are you not a Pakistani? if yes then you also come under this elegation!

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  • Babloo
    Sep 22, 2011 - 7:00PM

    The primary function of the state is to dig strategic holes to hide strategic assets. Nothing else matters. Its unfortunate that the populace, which is a strategic nuisance, cannot understand the grand strategic doctrine.

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  • N
    Sep 22, 2011 - 7:00PM

    When you are explaining, you are losing.
    By the way, we were never involved in IOK and terror acts like Mumbai, hijacking of Indian Airlines, bombing of Indian Embassy etc. either. We rejected all proof given to us.
    We don’t have any strategic “assets” or “depth”.
    We never invited Al Qaeda types to our land either.
    The whole world is against us. They have nothing better to do but trip us everyday.

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  • fahad ullah dar
    Sep 22, 2011 - 7:12PM

    Pakistan comes first ,enough of this mantra of DO MORE DO MORE.We must resist this American diplomatic agression like a soverign nation

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  • Pundit
    Sep 22, 2011 - 7:20PM

    So its US vs Pakistan!

    Who has more credibility?

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  • Pundit
    Sep 22, 2011 - 7:23PM

    @ChaoticOne: Very True….except the readers of Express Tribune no one pays any attention …

    But the poor FO staff have to earn their salaries….

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  • gjk
    Sep 22, 2011 - 7:31PM

    Americans are looking for someone to blame when they are run from Afghanistan.

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  • Mariam.b
    Sep 22, 2011 - 7:42PM

    Forget politics , democracy , aristocracy Falana cracy & Thamkana Cracy.

    The state is in trouble .. Dont love the government but never let go off the state , strengthen it

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  • Sultan Mehmood
    Sep 22, 2011 - 7:44PM

    I think America is making excuses, and it is not very interested in the war against terror. America is now confused herself, the country has almost gone bankrupt by fighting against Muslim countries in war against terror. Now, it is trying to find somebody to put the blame of their failures on, and Pakistan is the perfect goat, so much for being the front line ally on war against terror.
    America doesn’t seem very sincere with Pakistan, and has never trusted Pakistan. Who has lost more in this so called war against terror? Of coarse Pakistan, sacrificing around 36000 people, and having the country ripped apart. The Government of Pakistan should respond strongly to such allegations. If we are to fight this war we need the respect we deserve.

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  • Sep 22, 2011 - 8:19PM

    A.Khan,

    You need to come out of your denial mode too!

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  • Meekal Ahmed
    Sep 22, 2011 - 8:52PM

    Of course you will reject these allegations. That is your job.

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  • Sajjad Ashraf
    Sep 22, 2011 - 9:33PM

    Beware of pressure tactics by the US. This is typical of imperialist powers. Whose proxy is Karzai. Admittedly a fraud election keeps him in power. Stand firm – Pakistan.

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  • Sultan Hijazi
    Sep 22, 2011 - 9:43PM

    Whoa ! Salute to ISI who always causes the downfall of World Police States be it USSR or USA.

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  • Delhi Belly
    Sep 22, 2011 - 9:54PM

    Yet another rejection.

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  • Manoj
    Sep 22, 2011 - 10:20PM

    I fear Pakistan is firmly a target of USA agression now, and it may be begining of the end of Pakistan. It will be sad day for India also. One part of it will be fragmented in many smaller states to serve the purpose of western nations. Mr. Jinnah’s soul must be crying in repentance today for his two nation theory.

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  • Pundit
    Sep 22, 2011 - 10:24PM

    the problem is not AfPak

    Its only PAK!

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  • anti-bullshyt
    Sep 22, 2011 - 11:08PM

    people in pak live in a strange belief that entire world is against them. Wake up!! its your own ummah that brings to this state.Recommend

  • Sohail
    Sep 23, 2011 - 5:29AM

    @John B:
    John.. it is yet to be proved about OBL and without any proven facts it is as much baseless as the US recent claims and also current speech of Obama on Palestine

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  • Ali Noor
    Sep 23, 2011 - 8:09AM

    @Manoj: lol….why would you presume India would be safe in such a scenario??? Why do you think Pakistan harbours these proxies in the first place???

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  • Babar F.
    Sep 23, 2011 - 9:58AM

    U.S won’t enter Pak. Indian dream will be shattered. Who will they attack/destroy in Pak? What will be the outcome? When will they leave? How much is it going to cost them? Well! That’s what happens when you try to kill mosquitoes in the marshes or clean the beach of sand_ you lose! Now Save your Face or any other part…… it’s over now.Recommend

  • islooboy
    Sep 26, 2011 - 8:44AM

    @Pundit:
    and make new enemies sorry mate bad idea and haqani network is based in khost afghanistan

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  • Umair
    Sep 26, 2011 - 10:55PM

    ISI youve done your work… we as a nation are with you.. we love you..
    i knw we are an ally of haqqani+taliban.. and USA cannot do anything to our lovely country…
    and we dont need any US aid now.. China is with us

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  • Babar F.
    Sep 27, 2011 - 7:17PM

    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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  • Amer
    Oct 2, 2011 - 5:22AM

    @Mariam.b:
    Absolutely right Mariam

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