How did this happen? Might it have something to do with the impossibility of distinguishing peaceful Muslims from jihadists? Is anyone in Washington bothering to explore the implications for the United States — say, starting with our own spy services?
Pakistan’s government has said it needs to purge Taleban sympathisers from within the ranks of the country’s intelligence service – the ISI.
The statement comes amid claims from the US and India of links between the ISI and Islamic extremists.
Analysts say it is the first time that the Pakistan government has made such an admission.
US officials have claimed that spies in the ISI helped plan the recent suicide attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul.
Pakistani government spokeswoman Sherry Rehman said “individuals” in the ISI were probably acting on their own and going against official policy.
She said Pakistan needed to “identify these people and weed them out”….
No kidding, really?
UPDATE: The BBC has replaced the story at the link above with one in which Pakistan denies involvement in the bombing. Here, however, is a CBS story in which the admission of Taliban infiltration is still there: “Pakistan Admits Taliban Ties In Spy Agency,” from CBS News, August 1 (thanks to Marisol).