Not be surprised about ISI links with Haqqani: General Allen

Published: March 27, 2012
General John Allen says ISI's links with militant organisations, support is unhelpful. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

General John Allen says ISI's links with militant organisations, support is unhelpful. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

WASHINGTON: ISAF Commander General John Allen says they are trying to restore cross-border relations with Pakistan.

Speaking at the think tank the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, General Allen said that the relationships between the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), the Haqqani Network and other groups go back a long time, but he refused to comment further, saying he could not speculate why the ISI is doing anything, and said that these relations were unhelpful.

“In this forum I can’t really speculate on why the ISI does anything with respect to the Haqqanis. I don’t think we should be surprised that they have a relationship, that relationship with the ISI and a number of these organisations goes back a very long time,” he said.

But he added that the fact these relationships exist are not of particular surprise. “We shouldn’t be surprised that they have a relationship, I would not speculate on what specific operational support they have or whether they are an actual arm. I would just say that the relationship potentially is unhelpful.”

In response to a question, the ISAF Commander said that “opportunities exist with Pakistan to increase cooperation”. He said that ISAF has tried to revamp procedures after the Salala incident to reduce occurence of another incident like this.

General Allen said that they have tried to restore cross border relationship with Pakistani military officers. He said that several meetings had been held in the past few months with Afghan and Pakistani officers to resume border relations. In response to a question, General Allen said that they were not in a position at the moment to participate in complementary operations with Pakistan, but added that he had been discussing it with COAS General Kayani a day before the Salala airstrike in their meeting on November 25 last year.

General Allen added that more than 2000 people have been killed in counterinsurgency operations in Pakistan.

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  • Bhindian
    Mar 27, 2012 - 4:27AM

    It is good if ISI maintains relations with the Haqqanis as they are more of an ally to us then US ever will be.


  • Saim Baig
    Mar 27, 2012 - 4:32AM

    And here we go again. As soon as they hear that Nato Supply line is going to open, they started the blame game again.


  • Billoo Bhaya
    Mar 27, 2012 - 4:49AM

    Did you hear off-mic conversation between Obama and Medvedev??? Illuminating. And then they accuse the world of having relationships in the shadows!!!!!!


  • Ali Tanoli
    Mar 27, 2012 - 4:49AM

    C.I.A most feared in entire world of int agencies has more relation with them than any one else in the reigen Gen sahab.


  • Feroz
    Mar 27, 2012 - 10:34AM

    If terrorist groups like the Haqqani network are allies of the ISI no one should spill tears if the country is declared a State sponsor of terrorism. I am sure you cannot understand the implications of that – suffice to say the country will need lots of wishes of Good Luck.


  • huzaifa
    Mar 27, 2012 - 10:39AM

    General Alan failed to tell congress that what will happen when US will leave Afghanistan in 2014 leaving Pakistan high and dry. If today Pakistan leave Haqqanis then she has to grapple with Haqqanis after departure of US and it would be a disastrous equation ( as usual with no US help). Do US has answer for this riddle?


  • Truth Teller
    Mar 27, 2012 - 11:36AM

    Allah save Pakistan! Writing is on the Wall.


  • Ziad
    Mar 27, 2012 - 11:58AM

    A conspiracy to defame innocent ISI.


  • Sweet Dee
    Mar 27, 2012 - 12:00PM


    The ISI having a ‘relationship’ with the Haqqanis doesn’t mean they’re our alliesRecommend

  • khan of quetta
    Mar 27, 2012 - 1:41PM

    haqqanis played a key role in defeating soviets


    Mar 27, 2012 - 2:47PM

    Probably you and your country will understand if you start looking at the big picture i.e when US and its cohorts have left Afghanistan in a hurry. Probably US will appreciate what Pakistan is trying to achieve if they have any respect for others other than themselves or try to (US) move away from one sided thinking. Saying all this I have to say that I put Haqani’s and US at the same level BOTH “cannot be trusted”.


  • Mar 27, 2012 - 4:04PM

    @Khan of quetta:

    haqqanis played a key role in defeating soviets

    They also have a “key role” in chopping up noses and ears of women, shooting indiscriminately at people in Kabul Bank, blowing up themselves in the mosques and beheading engineers who build roads, hospitals and schools.


  • Bhindian
    Mar 27, 2012 - 4:06PM

    @Feroz, yes because everyone fighting in Afghanistan is a “terrorist”…give me a break


  • Ozymandias
    Mar 27, 2012 - 4:11PM

    Agree with you.


  • Anonymous
    Mar 27, 2012 - 8:05PM

    Had it not been for the ISI, we would be polishing Mr. General shoes today, No matter what the west may propagate against the ISI, It is still the only institution that has kept Pakistan intact, the others have already sold their share of Pakistan to the Farangis.Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Mar 28, 2012 - 7:17AM

    “Insanity is repeating the same mistake of trusting Pakistani establishment again and again and expecting different results” … with due apologies to Rita Mae Brown.


  • Bombay Dude
    Mar 28, 2012 - 11:27AM

    Bye Bye Pakistan!


  • haris
    Mar 28, 2012 - 6:21PM

    @khan of quetta:
    and now playing even more important role in defeating US and Allies…


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