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Afghanistan sign agreement with Pakistan spy agency – ISI

By Mirwais Adeel - Sun May 17 2015, 10:14 pm

Ghani and Rizwan Akhtar

The Afghan government has signed an agreement with Pakistan’s military intelligence – Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) on mutual cooperation to fight terrorism.

The Tolo News TV Channel quoting sources privy of the development said the agreement will also allow ISI to train and equip the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel.

The Afghan intelligence and ISI will jointly interrogate the detained insurgents based on the agreement which was signed two days back by the Afghan deputy NDS chief.

This comes ISI chief Gen. Rizwan Akhtar secretly visited Kabul nearly two weeks ago to meet President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

According to the officials, Gen. Akhtar’s visit was mainly focused on peace process Pakistan’s support to persuade the Taliban militants to join peace process.

The latest agreement between Afghan government and ISI comes as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing ISI for supporting the insurgency in Afghanistan.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) also criticized Pakistan for using ‘proxy forces’ to carry out attacks in Afghanistan and India.

In a report released in November last, the DoD said “Afghan-and Indian-focused militants continue to operate from Pakistani territory to the detriment of Afghan and regional stability. Pakistan uses these proxy forces to hedge against the loss of influence in Afghanistan and to counter India’s superior military.”

The report further added that Pakistan is providing “sanctuary” to militants of the Haqqani network, a group reportedly considered by Pakistan to be part of a moderate faction of the Taliban.

The Haqqani network “remained the most potent strain of the insurgency and the greatest risk to U.S. and coalition forces due to its focus on high-profile attacks…they will likely remain the most significant threat to coalition forces in the post-2014 non-combat mission, especially if they are not denied sanctuary in Pakistan,” the report said.

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  1. Those Afghan officials criticizing ISI are just a mouth piece for the US, it is the Pakistan that had presented hard proofs of TTP leaders being sheltered in Afghanistan by KHAD and the US. Even when Pakistan managed to weaken the ttp, there was a criticism of “doing more” form the US and Afghanistan. But current president is actually more capable and sincere than karzai, hoping for the best.

    1. What about the taliban/militants which in the name of jihad are having camps in FATA region. First they were fighting for western money with Russians & now what? who they are fighting with. I myself in afghanistan didn’t see any Major attacks on Western Forces, but on the Afghan security & civilians. This means the people pakistan is sheltring are just meant to fight & kill the afghans on the other side. Please don’t talk abt the officials as the officials always the puppet of others, as you can see in pakistan as well. Common people on the both sides are suffering. so lets think wisely & stop working for others.   

    2. This is bullshit. Of course ISI is sponsoring Taliban, we all know they are located in Peshawar and Quetta. When we capture them, they have Pakistani passports… You you daalkhor have also a reason doing this since time of your foundation. Because Afghans never accept the druand line. Pakistan has been created by British India (they are your masters) from Afghan and Indian land. The border was always between India and Afghanistan. Imagine I take 1/3 of your country and say its mine and to avoid losing it, you just destabilize your neighbors.

  2. It is a stupidity to sign agreement with that agency whose filthy hands are littered with the innocent blood of hundred thousand AFghans. Shame on the unity government to compromise on the blood of our brave security forces. Shame and shame on both Ain and Ghain. 

  3. What a idiotic group of leaders. We will not allow our military to be trained by Pakistan, but we will allow our intelligence agents!!!!!???  

  4. This is a very bad decision, this will allow ISI to infiltrate from inside . ISI will have now hands near the necks of Afghan leadership. Simply insane joining hands with Pakistan

  5. This is going too far now. Allowing ISI to train intelligence agents will lead to them working for Pakistani interests instead of Afghan interests. And Pakistani interests have never been benign towards Afghanistan.

  6. This is a giat step towards bringing these two Muslim nation closer to each otehr

    1. If Muslim countries work for their people than it’s good. here everyone is working for $$$$$

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