Afghanistan claims arrest of ISI liaison to AQ

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Afghanistan says it has arrested a Pakistani intelligence agent who acted as a key link with al-Qaeda leaders.

Presidential spokesman Karim Rahimi said the agent had been detained in eastern Kunar province carrying documents which proved his guilt.

The announcement came a day after an Afghan army general was arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan.

Afghanistan has long blamed Pakistan for cross-border attacks by the Taleban. Islamabad denies the charges.

'Bin Laden escort'

Mr Karimi named the man arrested as Sayed Akbar, who he said worked for Pakistan's controversial Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.

Some evidence and documents have been seized with him proving his destructive activities in Afghanistan," Mr Karimi told a news conference in the capital, Kabul.

Sayed Akbar comes from the Chitral region of northern Pakistan bordering the Afghan province of Nuristan, the spokesman said.

The BBC's Payenda Sargand in Kabul says, according to the Afghan authorities, Mr Akbar was in charge of relations between the ISI and al-Qaeda leaders.

Officials say he has confessed to his "illegal activities" in Afghanistan. These are said to include escorting Osama Bin Laden last year from Nuristan to Chitral.

There has so far been no response from Pakistan to the news of the arrest.

On Monday, intelligence officials in Kabul said they had arrested an Afghan defence officer who had been working for Pakistan.

General Khair Mohammad is accused of selling secrets to the ISI and is being held on treason charges.

Worsening row

Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been tense for years, but have worsened during 2006 as violence in Afghanistan has soared.

Last week, President Hamid Karzai publicly accused the Pakistani government of backing the Taleban and said it wanted to turn Afghans into "slaves".

Afghanistan says Taleban leaders plot some of their attacks on Afghan targets from Pakistani soil.

Pakistan was once the Taleban's main sponsor, but after the September 2001 attacks in the United States Islamabad joined the US-led "war on terror".

The Pakistani government denies it continues to support the militants or that it could do more to stop them crossing the porous border, and points to the deaths of hundreds of Pakistani troops fighting pro-Taleban militants in the country's tribal areas.

The authorities say that more than 3,500 people have been killed in Afghanistan in 2006 - the bloodiest year since US-led troops ousted the Taleban five years ago.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6192939.stm
 

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LOL....the ISI was knee-deep in the Muj efforts to oust the Soviets; Pakistan has long considered portions of Afghanistan to be her own. Pakistan even has one or two missiles named after Afghanis born in or around Ghazni. The Brotsh committee that set up the border was stupid, in essence splitting the Pashtun in two which contributes to the problems today.

Anywho, the rise of the Taleban/ Taliban was supported in large part by ISI officers working undercover as advisers to the TB. The ISI preferred them to the other options out there so ISI involvement to this day is of no surprise to me.

One day we'll have to get serious about Pakistan and her involvement on the wrong side of the GWOT.
 

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LOL....the ISI was knee-deep in the Muj efforts to oust the Soviets; Pakistan has long considered portions of Afghanistan to be her own. Pakistan even has one or two missiles named after Afghanis born in or around Ghazni. The Brotsh committee that set up the border was stupid, in essence splitting the Pashtun in two which contributes to the problems today.

Anywho, the rise of the Taleban/ Taliban was supported in large part by ISI officers working undercover as advisers to the TB. The ISI preferred them to the other options out there so ISI involvement to this day is of no surprise to me.

One day we'll have to get serious about Pakistan and her involvement on the wrong side of the GWOT.


Well said!
 
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