Pakistan, terrorism and the Pakistani Inter-Service-Intelligence

While in AIT, I presented a briefing on Mullah Muhammed Omar, the founder of the Taliban. The Taliban was basically a response to out of control former members of the Mujahideen that fought against the Soviet invasion. Several Mujahideen members became local warlords, and later tyrants, who terrorized the populace by stealing from them, raping and kidnapping women–and so forth.

During my research for the briefing, I discovered that the ISI- the Pakistani Intelligence Service- was believed by some to have helped form the Taliban. Recently, India has accused the ISI of training militants in the Indian controlled area of Kashmir.

Due to the ISIs special place in the hierarchical order of Pakistani government, it remains practically autonomous in its actions. Supposedly the ISI was purged of members that did not support the anti-terrorism efforts of Pervez Musharraf, however many suspect that pro-al-Qaeda and Taliban members still exist in the ISI, but that their actions are being suppressed. Indian intelligence has provided information to the United States that shows ISI General Mahmoud Ahmad ordered Saeed Sheikh to wire $100,00 to Muhammed Attah– one of the 9-11 conspirators. Saeed Sheikh has since been convicted of the kidnap and murder of Wall Street Journal writer, Daniel Pearl.

One of the men that I’ve trained with in the Army, a translator (09-L) and citizen of Afghanistan who has fought against the Taliban– he sportsgunshot scars to prove it– stated that the members of the ISI are extreme religious zealots.  Indeed, while reading further on the ISI, I discovered that part of their training is religious in nature.

In July of this year, a car-bomb detonated outside the Indian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing 58 people, wounding 141. Even George Bush was forced to ask at this time, “Who controls ISI?”

In the chaos that is now Pakistan, it is difficult to identify the friends and the foes. In Musharraf we lost a friend, though many in the US are loath to admit it. We hate the idea of someone in uniform running a country and his suspension of Pakistan’s constitution assaulted our very core. But Musharraf was forced to take tough measures as his country boiled over with extremists. In the wake of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, he resigned. Though al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the assassination, the ISI’s involvement must be questioned. And now, with the coordinated attacks in Mumbai, India, Pakistan may be teetering on the brink of full-scale war with India. Those attacks too, are being blamed on terrorists located in the Kashmir region.

We must stand with India, whose population is comprised of the thrid highest Muslim count in the world, behind only Indonesia and Pakistan. As Ralph Peters pointed out in a recent article, India enrages Islamic exremists, not only for the past, but for India’s future– a future built with Western ideals–and without Sharia.


6 Responses to “Pakistan, terrorism and the Pakistani Inter-Service-Intelligence”

  1. 1 Mike Rozos
    December 3, 2008 at 4:01 am

    I know a great many Indians and I must say;

    They are sometimes more American than our local Americans. When I hear locals complaining they cannot find a job because they don’t speak a language or know computers I cannot help but think about India.

    Everyone speaks a second language and knows computers!

    Just like local rednecks sit around wishing for the old days, so do muslim extremists. Those who get with the program and chase the ‘Evil Dollar’ always seem to have better lives than those who kill in the name of Allah.

    Go figure!

    Hey, and they don’t smash in their daughters’ heads with rocks!

    A major sign of civilization, in my humble opinion.

  2. December 3, 2008 at 9:45 am

    The Islamic middle-east–if it is to ever join civilization–must:

    1) Rid itself of jealousy
    2) Admit that freedom works
    3) Stop thinking about the good ol’ days, ’cause as Billy Joel once said: “The good ‘ol days weren’t always good, and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.”

  3. 3 kernunos
    December 4, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Yeah and Billy Joel got busy with Christy Brinkley.

  4. 4 robert
    December 11, 2008 at 2:49 am

    Let’s be clear here that pakistan is a “terrorist state” and never have any illusion that it is going to be any different.We have made a grave blunder by suggesting in the international fora that “Pakistan is also a victim of terror.” We should stop interviewing leaders from that country who mouth the same inanities that “you have not produced any proof.”Let us not fall into the trap of providing proof to the culprits. More than 100 acts/attempts of terror recorded in the world since 9/11 have had their roots in Pakistan. More than 40% of the prisoners in Guantanamo are Pakistanis.

    We should categorically, unambiguously, unequivocally boycott Pakistan in all aspects for a decade or more. Pakistan is the only territory in the world where an army has a whole country under its control. The state policy of Pakistan is terrorism and their single-point programme is to destroy India.

  5. 5 Pakistan live forever
    December 19, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Here are some big bunch of Extremist, talking about Pakistan,
    If you people are Indians then you cannot be changed, because jealousy is in your blood but if you people are from any other country then you people must know that what our army is fighting a so-called war against terror is a war for whole world specially for america, we (Pakistanis) are giving our lives in this war, just to make the world happy. You must respect us. If not then we will show you in shape of withdrawing the war.

  6. December 20, 2010 at 6:01 am

    We do respect all those that are fighting extremism.

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