Foreign intelligence services bankrolling terror: Report

Published: September 2, 2012
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CIA, RAW and Afghan agencies’ hand seen in funding banned outfits in the country. PHOTO: FILE

CIA, RAW and Afghan agencies’ hand seen in funding banned outfits in the country. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

Pakistani intelligence agencies have alleged that their American, Indian and Afghan counterparts are financially supporting banned militant outfits in the country.

The contents of a circular issued to law enforcement agencies by the interior ministry’s National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) revealed the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) are funding Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) Punjabi,  Asmatullah Moavia, Ghulam Rabbani and Qari Kamran factions through Afganistan’s Riyast-i-Amoor-o-Amanat-i-Milliyah (RAAM) and National Directorate of Security (NDS).

The banned outfits are planning attacks on sensitive installments across the country, including Police Elite Force and Counterterrorism Department Headquarters in Lahore, the circular further revealed. Reconnaissance of potential targets is already being conducted and potential suicide attackers have been earmarked by the groups, it added.

Following the reopening of Nato supply lines in Pakistan and reports of a planned military operation in North Waziristan, TTP commanders Waliur Rehman and Hakeemullah Mehsud have joined hands to mount an intense retaliation, the circular stated.

Possible terrorist attacks

According to an intelligence report, the terrorists, in collaboration with NDS, have planned attacks on the Allama Iqbal International Airport and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Base in Lahore, and the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad using explosives-laden trucks.

Another report revealed two terrorists who survived the Kamra incident are currently in Lahore with suicide jackets as well. Another, allegedly Uzbek, suicide bomber is also present in the city. Likely targets for the terrorists include the police Inspector General’s (IG) Complex, Capital City Police Officer’s (CCPO) office, Punjab Civil Secretariat, police stations and training institutes, law enforcement personnel and foreign missions.

Yet another report, dated August 12, 2012, revealed TTP’s Qari Aslam group dispatched two would-be suicide attackers from Bhakkar to Lahore to target Shia and Ahmadi gatherings in the city at an opportune time.

The Asmatullah Moavia faction, meanwhile, has been tasked with killing and abducting high-profile officials in Lahore and targeting military and security check posts at University Road, Peshawar, the circular added.

The TTP has also dispatched an 18-member terrorist group to attack high-profile military and civil officers in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. They may resort to killing or abducting the officers, the report stated. Miscreants are planning attacks on the Benazir Bhutto International Airport as well.

The interior ministry has placed law enforcement agencies in the twin cities on high alert following the notification.

An attack on the Pakistan Ordnance Factory (POF) Wah has been planned by militants with ties to the Bajaur Agency. According to intelligence reports, the attackers are likely to enter the factory through Gate 1. Allegedly, reconnaissance has already been carried out.

The Hakeemullah Mehsud faction, meanwhile, is targeting the Pak Arab Oil Refinery Company (Parco) situated at Qasba Gujjar, between Dera Ghazi Khan and Muzaffargarh. At the same time, the Sheikh Yasin group is planning an attack on the Risalpur Garrison, reports claimed.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 2nd, 2012.

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  • JoinHands!
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:56AM

    why does this news doesnt make front page? and stupid one does! Lol its irrelevant i know why ET! everyone does.

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  • umayr masud
    Sep 2, 2012 - 12:17PM

    wow and you needed to post this?

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  • Saad BP
    Sep 2, 2012 - 12:29PM

    ET!!! Why you publish such blash–pheeemy….. Afghanistan and India have no interest in plotting against Pakistan. Want some proof? See all the press releases from the Indian Foreign Office and the US State Department. They are perfectly reliable and harmless folks working only to cure cancer and polio. The Indians through ICBMs and American through drones.

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  • BlackJack
    Sep 2, 2012 - 1:24PM

    Yawn.

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  • RKM
    Sep 2, 2012 - 1:25PM

    It reads like a war movie script. Horrible.

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  • amalgam
    Sep 2, 2012 - 1:33PM

    Again the same RAW+CIA++ Argument :(

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  • Sir King Kong Bunty
    Sep 2, 2012 - 1:46PM

    IS there any proof of these allegations or are they just that?

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  • Neutral
    Sep 2, 2012 - 2:07PM

    with such a long list of intel info…..let us wait till some of these intel turns out to be true, yet the govt will say..it was not intel failure….Recommend

  • Turning Wheel
    Sep 2, 2012 - 2:09PM

    Turning wheel;As you sown so shall you reap. Remember since long Pakistan along with foreign support have destroyed the future and lives of thousand and thousand of youngs; first training and equipped them, have been using them as buffer forces and non state actors for long at various fronts. Then after the fulfillment of their agenda these traditional forces have been started blaming and eliminating through various propaganda and conflicts.

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  • Muhammad Hassan
    Sep 2, 2012 - 2:18PM

    Following the reopening of Nato supply lines in Pakistan and reports of a planned military operation in North Waziristan, TTP commanders Waliur Rehman and Hakeemullah Mehsud have joined hands to mount an intense retaliation,

    If they are CIA-funded, what are they retaliating against?

    This report is nothing more than an attempt by the intelligence agencies to cover their own incompetence.

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  • Mj
    Sep 2, 2012 - 2:44PM

    They forgot the primary ones: The Saudis.

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  • vasan
    Sep 2, 2012 - 2:44PM

    Tit for tat for all the forgery notes funneled thru Nepal?

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  • imme
    Sep 2, 2012 - 2:56PM

    How about Funding From Kingdom of Saudia Arabia …A major donor for TTP & CO.

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  • Umar
    Sep 2, 2012 - 2:59PM

    ” Following the reopening of Nato supply lines in Pakistan and reports of a planned military operation in North Waziristan, TTP commanders Waliur Rehman and Hakeemullah Mehsud have joined hands to mount an intense retaliation, the circular stated.”

    What rubbish! If the TTP is reacting against Nato supply lines and planned military opp in NWA, why would the CIA fund such anti-US elements?? Is the US in the business of funding groups that are against it?? This is typical of the misinformation our intelligence agency elements propagate to cover up their own incompetence and lack of will to eradicate the militant menace.

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  • Vigilant
    Sep 2, 2012 - 3:08PM

    What we are waiting for??? Hunt them down & send a befitting response across the border….

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  • kumar
    Sep 2, 2012 - 3:09PM

    get a life we expect some serious reporting here people u missed mosad mi-5 even russians ha ha ;p its a comic write up :P

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  • a&a
    Sep 2, 2012 - 3:34PM

    No, Nothing ….!!!, it’s always & Only $$$$$$$….!!!!!!!!! Recommend

  • Umar
    Sep 2, 2012 - 3:38PM

    They forgot to mention the real supporters of TTP – the Salafis in Saudi.

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  • Pak12
    Sep 2, 2012 - 3:40PM

    We know it, there is nothing new, How can TTP still survive without indian and US financial Help, We should also start help of more than 25 Separation movements in india….then they wl stop

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  • Umer
    Sep 2, 2012 - 4:29PM

    So why are we not eradicating these terrorists factories from Waziristan? How long do we want to wait and why?

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  • Ashvinn
    Sep 2, 2012 - 4:40PM

    @Saad BP:
    We don’t ICBMs for you, you guys are so senile and voilent you kill your own kind for religion , for money, for fun

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  • Ashvinn
    Sep 2, 2012 - 4:42PM

    Frankly I would be proud if RAW was paying IsI in kind, unfortunately we have a politico who is ready to sell the country to all kinds of terror threats

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  • imran
    Sep 2, 2012 - 4:50PM

    why on earth Saudis will support TTP to hurt Pakistan. While others states mentioned in the article make sense. you guys should shooting off your mouths.

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  • Un-Happy
    Sep 2, 2012 - 4:55PM

    There is some thing fishy Pak army started operations after incrase in insergency in different part of country. before that Pak army had only one supereme enemy and it was being traind to fight india.

    Each stike on army was an effort to decrease the defence of Pakistan,when they attacked Mehran Airbase they destroyed Naval defence system and reduced its defence capacity to a quarter, now in Kamrah the tried to destroy Air to air refuling system.

    Pakistan is the only Forteres of Islam. dont you people aggre. those who are the enemy of united Pakistan HATE reports like that.

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Sep 2, 2012 - 4:57PM

    ISI has previously blamed India for two things : Fanning terrorism in Balochistan and also kidnapping and murdering Baloch youth. For the latter, your supreme court also rapped ISI thoroughly.

    My dear ISI, could you please make up your mind?

    TTP openly declares war against India and you say India funds them. There’s a way to spread propaganda. This is childish.

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  • Un-Happy
    Sep 2, 2012 - 4:58PM

    and what is wrong with et every pakistani is there target, except for those who bow to them, should report events correct.

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  • wonderer
    Sep 2, 2012 - 5:10PM

    Why do they need any bankrolling? There is no news of opium production in Afghanistan, or the demand for drugs falling!

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  • Jim
    Sep 2, 2012 - 5:12PM

    The ridiculing responses should be humiliating for Pakistan, no? Nobody believes this report. Everyone has a good idea who backs the terrorists and how they came about. While you are apportioning blame, why leave out Mossad and M1-6? And how about the Iranians? And Martians and Djinns? Wake up, Pakistan. the time for fingerpointing is over. Your future is in your hands.

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  • Pakistan Khan
    Sep 2, 2012 - 5:18PM

    Its time for Pakistan to strike hard on terrorists that are threatening its internal stability and territorial sovereignty.

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  • Amir
    Sep 2, 2012 - 5:20PM

    Why do we not look towards our brotherly friend, KSA???? They have enough funds

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  • Ryan Mithis
    Sep 2, 2012 - 5:24PM

    Pakistanis are naive bunch of fools…

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  • Eddie dex
    Sep 2, 2012 - 5:39PM

    This is just anti western propaganda produced by TTP supporters in the NCMC to cover their own incompetence. The west is sending drones to eliminate TTP and this NCMC group wants people to believe that the west is paying them?….the enemies of Pakistan are in the Madrassas training children to be suicide bombers…stop blaming others…

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  • Ilyad
    Sep 2, 2012 - 5:46PM

    Nevertheless, Pakistanis take the money and do what is being asked – so the traitors are within, they are the ones to be made an example of. Other agencies will do what ours try to do in their country, that is the job of intelligence agencies.

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  • Ryan Mithis
    Sep 2, 2012 - 5:48PM

    Time will tell how this cancer called Pakistan is taken out by the TRIO

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  • Ahmed Nadeem
    Sep 2, 2012 - 5:48PM

    How about Saudi, Iranian and UAE role ? Infact Mr Rahman Malik has pointed out several times in the past that UAE is involved and recently there is lot of activity pointing towards Lashkar e Jhangvi, who is their sponsor ? Where is funding coming from is the key issue !! Arms , training etc etc. is no joke, someone is providing constant support ?

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  • An Indian
    Sep 2, 2012 - 6:00PM

    @Pak12: their funding comes from selling drugs illegally and (if you remember their taliban statements) from providing security to NATO which pass through taliban stronghold areas.

    For them money was and is never an issue. They can fight this war for ages without a dent in their financial health.

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  • Freedom Seeker
    Sep 2, 2012 - 6:15PM

    What about LEJ and its innocent leader Malik Ishaq. They are main recruitment agency for these TTP and other terrorist groups. Why government charge him with terrorist charges.

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  • Mohammad ali Gaad
    Sep 2, 2012 - 6:18PM

    @mr. righty rightist: Saying and doing is two different things.They have just claimed war against India but none of devouring hit has buzzed it yet.even America isn’t there to suffer the one who is TTP`s bitter enemy while Pakistan is targeted day in and day out.

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  • vasan
    Sep 2, 2012 - 6:21PM

    Isnt it the ISI chief who said that baitullah mehsud and his gang are patriotic pakistanis . Make up your mind pakistanis, they are either with us or with you. Dont confuse us, yourself and them.Recommend

  • Sep 2, 2012 - 6:27PM

    Ok fine then charge the mullahs running these organisations for plotting against Pakistan

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  • Singh
    Sep 2, 2012 - 6:30PM

    Oh I forget, these are non state actor, Who are paid by RAW, CIA, Mossad etc but loved by ISI.

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  • Cautious
    Sep 2, 2012 - 6:43PM

    Is this the same Pakistan intelligence agency that the rest of the World believe was hiding/assisting OBL?

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  • casim
    Sep 2, 2012 - 6:56PM

    TTP is totally a different entity formed specifically to target Pakistanis only ! & we know who are probable beneficiaries if Pakistan breaks :) The Afghan Jihadist’s are only fighting in Afghanistan, fighting foreign forces, they’d be stupid to spend their time & money on Pakistan instead of their own country where the real problem is, so its obvious that whose backing TTP! Saudi’s nor the Iranians are funding TTP, its a stupid analogy by some & some are saying this on purpose, proxy war is a reality, it has been used in past & it is still being used. Pakistan is going to stay & our enemies will fail again, Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Sep 2, 2012 - 7:32PM

    @Sir King Kong Bunty: The proof? Raymond Davis was no Tinker Bell.

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  • Vikram
    Sep 2, 2012 - 8:06PM

    @imran: why on earth Saudis will support TTP to hurt Pakistan. While others states mentioned in the article make sense. you guys should shooting off your mouths.

    Pakistan used talibans to make Afghanistan a truly Islamic country and in the process destroyed it. May be Saudis want the same for Pakistan, make it a truly Islamic country.

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  • Vikram
    Sep 2, 2012 - 8:18PM

    @Cautious: OBL was an Islamic hero and guest of Government of Pakistan. OBL was living on a house built on land owned by Pakistani army.

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  • Nand
    Sep 2, 2012 - 9:05PM

    I wonder if there will be street protests, DPC holding rallies and IK talking to India to stop funding TTP.

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  • Real Pakistani
    Sep 2, 2012 - 9:23PM

    @Cautious: What about the great intelligence agency called CIA did with Iraq? did they find any WMD lol What about your RAW which failed to detect the Mumbai attacks? stop kidding us & better look around before you talk about Pakistan.
    @Vikram: OBL was a CIA asset, again you Indians forge the history :)

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  • casim
    Sep 2, 2012 - 9:27PM

    @vasan: can you post an authentic source to prove that ISI chief approves Baitullah Mashud? stop misleading yourself & your countrymen with your lies :) why you Indians come here & bombard hateful comments about Pakistan? come up with a better analogy and if you can’t then better take your hatred back to your country & post comments over there :)

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  • gp65
    Sep 2, 2012 - 10:08PM

    India accuses Pakistanis of 26/11 and when speaking to Pakistani President, interiro minister, PM, foreign minister, foreign secretary etc. it refers to the matter. DG ISI recently went to US for discussions. We did not hear him discussing concerns about funding TTP. Likewise amongst all the meetings between Pakistan and India at various levels, this issue has never been discussed.

    The truth is that despite the COAS speech saying that war against terror was own war and TTP had to be destroyed, hehas ot managed o get the support he had hoped for because people believe TTP to be misguided Muslims. It is a pity tat declaring someone non-Muslim is more effective in riling people against them than the fact that these people even though they are Muslim are responsible for deaths of thousands of Pakistanis and most recently beheaded 12 Pakistani soldiers and uploaded a U-tube video of the same.

    A question for Imran Khan and his followers – have you been supporting peace deal with traitors who take CIA and RAW funding and kill Pakistanis?

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  • gp65
    Sep 2, 2012 - 10:13PM

    @casim:

    Here is a url in article written by Hamid Mir dated Dec 13 2008 where the army called Baitullah Mehsud and Fazlullah as patriots. http://pavocavalry.wordpress.com/2008/12/13/army-official-calls-baitullah-mehsud-fazlullah-%E2%80%98patriots%E2%80%99/

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  • Imtiaz Razzaq
    Sep 2, 2012 - 10:17PM

    these stupid agencies are digging their graves.Indirectly they are giving new life to the concept of Jeeehaad.

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  • Enlightened
    Sep 2, 2012 - 10:44PM

    Most Indians opine that RAW is a useless intelligence agency, bravo ! it is getting a certificate of competence from the Pak intelligence agencies. However, CIA backing Mehsud’s in NW appears to be absurd, Recommend

  • Vikram
    Sep 2, 2012 - 10:44PM

    @Ilyad: Not really. Mullahs don’t rule other countries. Most of these Pakistani terrorists are in bed with ISI. Some Pakistanis want Islamic rule in Pakistan, so they support their Jihadi brothers.

    If you guys keep killing Shias and Ahmadis, some outisiders will try to help Shias and Ahmadis survive. Same thing in Balochistan, if you keep doing Bangladesh there by slaughtering innocent people, other countries will come help Baloch people.

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  • Nasir
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:15PM

    Following the reopening of Nato supply lines in Pakistan and reports of a planned military operation in North Waziristan, TTP commanders Waliur Rehman and Hakeemullah Mehsud have joined hands to mount an intense retaliation.

    Would anyone define what is is Coalition Support Fund which is Pakistan Army getting billions of dollars for more then last one decade during counter insurgency operations in Fata against militants.

    Cameroon Munter in an interview on ARY News revealed that CIA & ISI share intelligence information on daily basis.
    So, decided by yourself who is getting billions of dollars.
    On the other hand, Hakeemullah Mehsud led-TTP served the biggest loss to CIA by attacking CIA Khost Center and killing more then seven agents including CIA Station chief during December 2009.
    So, it is proven, CIA & ISI are same !!!!
    And Afghan Taliban & Tehreek e Taliban are also same !!!

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  • ParvezM
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:50PM

    This is a very important issue, and ET should get to the bottom of real supporters of terror in AfPak area. There is no doubt that it takes lot of money to carry out terror attacks, so somebody is providing funding. Also keep in mind that the nature of target have mostly been beneficial to India. What is interest of terrorists in helping India?
    You have information and expertise in investigating such matters and your readers expect you to do such investigations.

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  • Mr X from Bombay
    Sep 3, 2012 - 12:37AM

    65 years and counting. How long Pakistani intelligence is going to create this propaganda ? Even Pakistanis have come to realize with hopelessness that there is nothing more than words from ISI. No action if report is true, and no evidence to support their claim. How long will people of Pakistan continue to just believe on words and not demand proof or better service from ISI ?
    Just because using terrorism as a strategic tool is Pakistan’s intelligence only reaction to their problem does not mean others resort to the same.

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  • Pakistani Pathan
    Sep 3, 2012 - 12:44AM

    lol how can we believe that india nd US is playing game if they were then TTP wud have also asked for independant state just like baloch do ? this is just ridiculous both TTP and afghan talibans are one as u can see the mullah omar announcement and also the TTP announcement that they both are one. this game is soon going to expose i think

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  • Umer
    Sep 3, 2012 - 2:10AM

    @mr. righty rightist:
    You say TTP has openly declared war on India, yet they havnt caused any damage to any Indian asset so far, or American in fact. All they target are Pakistan.

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  • Imran Con
    Sep 3, 2012 - 3:36AM

    I truly laughed reading this. It sounds like the picture perfect scenario for the paranoid and conspiracy theorists.
    The world knows fully well that ISI is more of an underhanded rumor mill meant to move the public according to their obsessions. They’ve also failed most times when militants are acting in their own borders. Like they’d be able implicate two other, unrelated, outside their border intelligence agencies flawlessly and at the same time have it be exactly what most Pakistanis want to hear.
    Sounds more like a tactic in trying to delay having to actually do something about the actual problem still. How many more heads is it gonna take? For supposedly working in shadows, they’re more transparent than any actual honest public figure in history.

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  • John Whitakker
    Sep 3, 2012 - 3:56AM

    RAW, CIA and Afghans are so successful in waging proxy war in Pakistan. They cleverly created and supported an organisation that is called TTP and ironically it only target Pakistani high value target that threaten or defend Pakistan in time of any aggression. They carry out terror attacks and then quickly accept to save the masters. This whole exercise is to bring Pakistan to knees, destablise it, eventually create anarchy and then finalise by sending in the “saving forces” from outside!

    Now thats the design, so far Pakistan has been resilient and didnt fall like Egypt, Libya, Syria in progress. Lets see who will win this proxy war!

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  • ParvezM
    Sep 3, 2012 - 4:01AM

    RAW has historical record of creating terrorists on large scale and just to refresh memory, recall Mukti Bhini and Tamil Tigers are well known. Now they only train angels?

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  • Babbarsher Khan
    Sep 3, 2012 - 5:25AM

    How come Mossad is not even mentioned? I am sure the rent of the mansion brother Laden was staying in Abbottabad was paid for by Mossad! If ISI uses little bit of what the last letter of its acronym stand for, I am sure it would be able to find rent the receipts of the Abbottabad mansion while our distinguished guest was staying there.

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  • dalwala
    Sep 3, 2012 - 6:14AM

    You guys don’t get it yet! Look, it is Pashtun uprising. They already have Afghanistan and you think they would like to be ruled by us Punjabis? Stop blaming this and that and pay attention for what is really going on guys… Let them have their own country before they take ours too! If the Great Britain and the Soviet Union couldnt deal with them you think we can?

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  • ali
    Sep 3, 2012 - 8:28AM

    yet we know everything and everyone, but still we dont do anything !!!

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  • casim
    Sep 3, 2012 - 10:54AM

    @gp65:
    there are numerous articles written on a daily basis & many of them are not authentic! Authentic means “OFFICIAL” version. My Indian friend the authentic media source for Pak armed forces is ISPR :) so please do post a link in which ISPR approved baithulah mashud :)

    TTP is fighting a proxy war, nothing is hidden in this fact as they only target Pakistanis & those installation’s which are vital for our defence such as air surveillance to detect enemy air crafts or to detect enemy submarines! does TTP have any f-16 or su-30 ? so Indian friends come up with better arguments & have a better grasp on Afghan history :)

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  • Truth is out there
    Sep 3, 2012 - 5:08PM

    Soon, all the (non-state) chickens will go India to roost. I would love to see Indians ‘quacking’ then lol While India had a nightmare with 10 men in Mumbai, how will they accommodate 20,000 all over India?

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  • Sep 3, 2012 - 6:26PM

    good reporting and it is a prof that it on university road peshawar today

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  • Toronto Wala
    Sep 5, 2012 - 10:40PM

    @dalwal, I totally agree, next threat is from western borders you will forget about your conflict with India is last 60 years , get ready !Recommend

  • john425
    Sep 10, 2012 - 2:23PM

    @casim
    there are numerous articles written on a daily basis & many of them are not authentic! Authentic means “OFFICIAL” version. My dear Pakistani friend can you give us the official link to any GOI stating that they are supporting TTP else the whole article is baseless :)

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