Admiral Mullen says that the ISI has a long-standing relationship with the Haqqani network,” and it has only been four and a half years since the British accused the ISI of having ties to al-Qaeda, so you have to admire Mullen for being quick on the draw.
“US accuses Pakistan over militant links,” by Zarar Khan for the Associated Press, April 20 (thanks to JCB):
ISLAMABAD — The top U.S. military officer accused Pakistan’s spy agency on Wednesday of links to a powerful militant faction fighting in Afghanistan, and said that relationship was at the “heart” of tensions between Islamabad and Washington.
The comments by Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are a sign that the U.S. is not stepping down in a bruising dispute with Pakistan in recent months that has threatened their vital if often uneasy alliance in the campaign against militants.
Mullen, who is visiting Pakistan, made the comments to local Geo TV in an interview ahead of a meeting with Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. The two men reportedly enjoy a good relationship, but Mullen said he would bring up the issue of the militant Haqqani network with him in talks about tensions between the two countries.
“Where I am not soft is on the heart of that discussion which is the Haqqani network very specifically,” he said. “The Haqqani network very specifically facilitates and supports the Taliban who move in to Afghanistan to kill Americans.”
“The ISI has a long-standing relationship with the Haqqani network, that doesn’t mean everybody in the ISI but it’s there … I believe over time that has got to change,” he said.
A spokesman for the spy agency, known by its acronym ISI, declined comment….