Pakistan, for its part, “rejected the claims as part of a malicious campaign against the country.” In other words, it’s business as usual. The only thing that changes is that the Taliban get stronger.
“Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency ‘supports’ Taliban,” by Quentin Somerville for BBC News, June 12:
A new report claims to provide the most concrete evidence yet of direct links between Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency and the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The report says the ISI is providing funding, training and sanctuary to the Taliban on scale much larger than previously thought.
The document was prepared by the London School of Economics (LSE).
A spokesman for Pakistan’s military rejected the claims as part of a malicious campaign against the country.
The report’s author spoke to nine Taliban field commanders in Afghanistan earlier this year.
He concludes that Pakistan’s relationship with the insturgents [sic] runs far deeper than previously realised.
Some of those interviewed suggested that the ISI even attends meetings of the Taliban’s supreme council. They claim that by backing the insurgents Pakistan’s security service is trying to undermine Indian influence in Afghanistan.
The report concludes that without a significant change in approach by Pakistan, both the Afghan government and international community will find it impossible to end the insurgency in Afghanistan.
The spokesman for Pakistan’s military said the claims were “rubbish” and part of a malicious campaign against the country’s military and security agencies.