Afghan Taliban deny being supported by Pakistan


The Taliban's executive council has denied a recent report that stated the Pakistani military and government provides direct support to the Afghan group.

In a statement released on it website, the Voice of Jihad, the Afghan Taliban described a study released by the London School of Economics as "a merely baseless propaganda launched to promote British and American interests" and "a dictated drama of the political rulers of the West."

The Taliban claimed that it is fighting the US and Afghan governments with the support of the people in Afghanistan and that it has no need for Pakistani support.

"The current Jihad and resistance against the invaders are being led by the leadership of the Islamic Emirate based inside Afghanistan - obviously with the help and support of the Afghan Mujahid people," the statement read. "The enemy itself admits, the Islamic Emirate has control over 70% of the Afghan soil. The Islamic Emirate does not need to have such councils outside the country in order to continue the current popular resistance."

The Afghan Taliban have long attempted to portray their movement as a localized, nationalist insurgency seeking only to restore the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, led by Mullah Mohammed Omar, and they did so again in yesterday's statement denying links to Pakistan. "The present resistance is completely an home-grown Afghan Islamic resistance against the aggression of the invaders," the statement read.

The Taliban said that it wasn't "rational" for the Pakistani government to back them as Pakistan has declared its support of the US and that "manifestations and impact of their support would have categorically become visible." The Afghan Taliban offered no criticism of Pakistan or the Pakistani military, however, while repeatedly lashing out at the US, Britain, and NATO.

The London School of Economics report, titled "The Sun in the Sky: The Relationship between Pakistan's ISI and Afghan Insurgents," was released last weekend and created a stir as it accused the Pakistani military, Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) directorate, and even the Pakistani government itself of providing support across the spectrum for the Taliban.

"Interviews strongly suggest that support to the Afghan insurgency is official ISI policy," the paper stated."It appears to be carried out by both serving and former officers, who have considerable operational autonomy."

The London School of Economics report even claimed that top political leaders, including Asif Ali Zardari, have met with detained Afghan Taliban leaders and promised to free them as soon as was politically expedient.

Direct Pakistani support for the Taliban has been an open secret for years. The Pakistani government, through the ISI, helped found the Taliban and helped it gain power during the 1990s. Pakistan was one of only three countries to recognize the Taliban as a legitimate government.

After the US ousted Mullah Omar from power in 2001 and 2002, the Taliban and al Qaeda regrouped in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan as well as in northwestern Pakistan. The Afghan Taliban teamed up with Pakistani Taliban factions and maintain safe havens and training camps in Pakistan to this day. The Quetta Shura, the Afghan Taliban's executive council, is named after the Pakistani city where it is based. The ISI, through the Haqqani Network, is known to have directed suicide operations against the Indian Embassy and other targets in Kabul. Several Pakistani military officers have been detained inside Afghanistan in connection with terrorist attacks on Afghan soil, while numerous Afghan Taliban commanders have admitted to receiving support from the Pakistani military over the past several years.

Full text of the denial of Pakistani support by the Quetta Shura

A Study Team of the London School of Economics has claimed in a report that the intelligence agency of Pakistan has been supporting the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan militarily and logistically. It has claimed that Pakistani intelligence officials practically participate in meetings of the alleged Quetta Council and impose their discretions on members of the Leadership Council.

While considering this report of the London School of Economic as a merely baseless propaganda launched to promote British and American interests, the Islamic Emirate, meanwhile, declares its stand as follows:

1. The military power of the Evil Coalition including American, British and NATO forces have failed to prevent the victorious operations of the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Now they want to utilize their academic and research institutes in the work of the occupation of Afghanistan and for oppression of the Afghan Muslim people. The baseless report of the London School of Economics is a case in point. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan believes, the said report by the so-called research institute is a dictated drama of the political rulers of the West. It is not an investigative report based on facts and reasons, ethically carried out by academic research institute.

2. The current Jihad and resistance against the invaders are being led by the leadership of the Islamic Emirate based inside Afghanistan - obviously with the help and support of the Afghan Mujahid people. The enemy itself admits, the Islamic Emirate has control over 70% of the Afghan soil. The Islamic Emirate does not need to have such councils outside the country in order to continue the current popular resistance.

3. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has always emphasized that the present resistance is completely an home-grown Afghan Islamic resistance against the aggression of the invaders. It is not possible to lead such resistance simply by foreign support instead of the native support of the Afghan masses. Had a foreign support rather than indigenous support , ever played a role in such cases, then the surrogate administration of Karzai has military, espionage, economic and political support of 49 countries, why it has failed to prevent the growing national resistance of the Afghan Mujahid nation despite the support of the foreign invaders that the Administration enjoys?

4. Rulers of the government of Pakistan claim that they are the frontline pioneers of the American ignited war. They have not spared to do whatever was in their capacity to do. Hence, it is not rationale to say that they are supporting the jihad and resistance against the Americans in Afghanistan. Had Pakistan supported the Mujahideen, then manifestations and impact of their support would have categorically become visible.

5. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan openly invites all academic and research institutes, military and intelligence entities of the world including the London School of Economics to come to Afghanistan and behold the ranks of the Islamic Emirate with their own eyes that whether the Afghan gallant people or any foreigner make up the Mujahideen and leaders of the Jihad. Then again, they should check the ranks of the Karzai stooge administration to see whether their leaders are the gallant Afghans or the open enemies of our country and the invaders. After that, they should put, their academic and investigative report conducted on the basis of the ground realities, at the disposal of the public of the world. Had they done so, these academic institutes would have abided by their recognized norms and principles; would have saved their caliber and reputations, and produced useful academic report. At least, it would not have been a fabricated drama, ironically ordered by the arrogant powers.

6. To end, the Islamic Emirate calls on all independent countries of the world, particularly, the neighboring countries to extend their support to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to put an end to the occupation of the arrogants so that our oppressed and suffering countrymen can get rid of the occupation of the tyrants and form an independent system.

Leadership Council

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.



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READER COMMENTS: "Afghan Taliban deny being supported by Pakistan"

Posted by Charley at June 16, 2010 8:07 AM ET:

Deniability, even implausible, is a requirement for these links. Today there are reports that the Pakistani province of Punjab gave $1.5 million in grants to terror group LeT's front organizations for "social work." See link below. Can the federal Paki government then not give grants to Taliban and AQ for "social work?"


http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/Story/101784/Top%20Stories/paks-punjab-govt-gave-rs-8277-million-to-jud-institutions-in-2009.html

Posted by Max at June 16, 2010 9:49 AM ET:

"The Taliban claimed that it is fighting the US and Afghan governments with the support of the people in Afghanistan and that it has no need for Pakistani support."

Bwaahahahahahahahaha!!!

Posted by T Ruth at June 16, 2010 10:02 AM ET:

Charley, i agree, they had no other option but to deny. And talking about the LeT wonder if you've read Headley ie Daood Gilani's plea agreement. It makes for a very interesting read.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/pr/chicago/2010/pr0318_01a.pdf

Finally i think the length of the rebuttal by "The Leadership Council" shows how seriously they took the report. And criticisim of Pakistan for being the US's "ally" conspicuous by its absence. Or for allowing drone strikes, but then the Afghan Taliban isn't in residence in the NW at all, is it?

So that leaves just the Pak Taliban there. Thats good then thats a common enemy. The overstretched Pakistan should have no problem with the US getting in there then. Special Ops and Special Forces have their work cut out with this Special Ally that mutates brilliantly in the dark into an enemy.

Posted by Bing at June 16, 2010 2:29 PM ET:

How do the Haqqanis figure into all of this? Are they considered to be part of the Afghan Taliban and the Quetta shura? They seem to have the strongest connections to both the ISI and A-Q.

Posted by Paul at June 16, 2010 3:52 PM ET:

If there was no truth in it why would the Taliban respond so quicky?

Actions speak louder than words!

ISI pressure by any chance?

Posted by Walter Sobchak at June 16, 2010 3:57 PM ET:

Well, that settles it. I am sure that the Taliban, who after all are men of the cloth, would never lie about such a thing.

Posted by Render at June 17, 2010 2:18 AM ET:

Bing, I think the answers to your questions are, in order...

Deeply. Yes and yes. No doubt and highly likely.

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Posted by Bill Roggio at June 17, 2010 6:26 AM ET:

Bing, Siraj Haqqani is the leader of the Miramshah shura, one of the Afghan Taliban's four major regional shura. He also is on al Qaeda's Shura Majlis. It doesn't get any more incestuous as that.

Posted by amel at June 17, 2010 6:32 AM ET:

No doubt the Afghan insurgency has an external element. But it's main driver is very simple: local resistance to outside forces. Anger is compounded because the occupying army are non-Muslims and are responsible for the deaths of many thousands of innocents. Talk all you want about Haqqani and the ISI. But the fact remains that resistance to an aggressive occupying force is legitimate.

Posted by steve m. at June 17, 2010 7:57 AM ET:

amel, how do you look over the fact that the "local resistance" is responsible for the deaths of more innocent muslims than nato and the us in iraq and afghanistan combined? In my opinion, if you erase pakistan from the situation, Insha'Allah, there would be no violent resistance. Pakistan is no doubt, the driving force behind the cycle of violence in afghanistan.

Posted by amel at June 17, 2010 9:22 AM ET:

Steve,
I don't look over that fact. The Taliban don't target innocent Afghans, but do kill those they see as collaborating with foreign forces, along with their families. Many innocents are caught up in their bombings. The movement says it seeks to avoid civilian casualties. It is worth noting that their weapons are crude and many of their fighters untrained.

Posted by Render at June 17, 2010 10:28 AM ET:

Hey Amel...

"No doubt the Afghan insurgency has an external element."

- No, there is no "Afghan insurgency." The Taliban is itself an "external element" and always has been.

"But it's main driver is very simple: local resistance to outside forces."

- But only certain "outside forces." Obviously the outside forces from Islamabad get a pass.

"Anger is compounded because the occupying army are non-Muslims and are responsible
for the deaths of many thousands of innocents."

- You do know the Turks are in Afghanistan, right? You do understand that if the Talib had handed over al-Qaeda that none, not one, of those outside forces would have ever entered Afghanistan, right? So who is responsible for those thousands of deaths again? I'll answer for you - The Taliban and their sponsors are responsible for all that has happened to Afghanistan since 1996.

"Talk all you want about Haqqani and the ISI."

- We will, and we do not need your permission.

"But the fact remains that resistance to an aggressive occupying force is legitimate."

- Not when it's in support of people who blow themselves up in crowds of children, who throw acid in little girls faces and hang seven year old boys, who cover women in black bags and beat them, who finance their Islamic terrorism by dealing heroin. "Aggressive?" Are you kidding me? Do you have any idea how many tanks, aircraft carriers, jet fighters, nuclear attack subs, and bombers we have? You have not yet seen aggression from us.

- The Talib themselves were an aggressive occupying force in Afghanistan and remain an aggressive occupying force in the FATA. They do not and never have recognized the Durand Line, do you?

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Posted by Rhyno327 at June 17, 2010 1:52 PM ET:

If WE suspect it, don't you think our gov knows? Why we play this game i don't know. God help P-stan if ANY kind of catastrophe caused by deluded moslems. NO DOUBT thats where it came from, usually does. They are making us play this game, we almost have no choice.

Posted by Bing at June 17, 2010 9:46 PM ET:

"Bing, Siraj Haqqani is the leader of the Miramshah shura, one of the Afghan Taliban's four major regional shura. He also is on al Qaeda's Shura Majlis. It doesn't get any more incestuous as that"

Bill,

Thanks for the reply. That's what I thought. You have already documented the integration of A-Q's shock troopers with T-ban units.

What I'm having trouble seeing is how A-Q, notorious for being xenophobic and paranoid about any other groups not already vetted by it would mingle so closely with the Haqqanis and other Afghan Taliban if they in turn was simply an extension of the ISI. Their ideology rejects all state institutions, and even a friendly state institution would be kept at arms length at the very least.

Especially in the case of the ISI, where some of its units work directly with or with the assistance of the CIA. I don't see how anyone in the A-Q could really trust any Afghan Taliban that are handled by the ISI. The only explanation I can think of is that the ISI is so well divided into various units, that it may as well operate independently of any authority.

This reminds me more of the convoluted relationships that developed at times with the IRA, Prov IRA, MI5, Ulster Defense Forces, Royal Ulster Constabulary forces, etc. during the Troubles.

Posted by T Ruth at June 17, 2010 11:18 PM ET:

Bill/Bing, Haqqani also sits on the ISI Shura--thats what makes it evermore incestuous!
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Rhyno, they want to play chess and are doing it brilliant. You're right we don't have to sit at the same board. Maybe we should play dominos!?

And in their chess, they have an endless supply of pawns. Thet are offered as fodder so that the US can continue to write massively-big-buck checks with great regularity. The value of US/ISAF soldiers lives is perceived differently, fundamentally differently. That is the issue.

Obama needs to stop looking at everything thru the Paq prism. Strategies are critical in any game--garbage in, garbage out.

Also Wash DC needs to now stop carrying around the baggage of Iraq. Thats history, more or less, and sunk costs. A far more positive attitude is required: the US won and its lessons can be applied here but not without approaching this as a separate, 'new' project with very different conditions.

Posted by T Ruth at June 17, 2010 11:19 PM ET:

RRhyno, i'll add, we pay our money AND MAKE OUR CHOICE...

Posted by Tayyab Nazir at June 18, 2010 4:11 AM ET:

Denial or not, It would be interesting to know how the ISI funds the killing of pakistani soldiers by afghan taliban as happened in mohmand. Probably the know-it-all author of the famous report may shed some light in his next analysis. It may be as simple as a quota of 50 pakistani deaths per month to keep the world fooled of the real objectives of the afghan taliban and ISI

Posted by T Ruth at June 18, 2010 1:19 PM ET:

Tayyab, it may be. Fact is stranger than fiction. But, are you sure that there were soldiers killed in this particular incident you refer to? Is it a fact, and if so, what were the circumstances?

Posted by Rhyno327 at June 19, 2010 1:54 PM ET:

Maybe we should change the game altogether. Even if they are driven from a-stan, without P-stani help they will just regroup there, like they have already done. We gave the P-stani's BILLIONS, how much do we get in return?