The disclosure of classified military documents revealing close ties between Pakistan’s intelligence service and militants fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan has prompted calls on Capitol Hill to rethink U.S. policy toward Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement late Sunday that the Obama administration needs to fine-tune U.S. policy toward Pakistan and Afghanistan after the online publication of more than 90,000 reports of U.S. military field reports by Wikileaks, a website that publishes confidential government documents.
“Those policies are at a critical stage and these documents may very well underscore the stakes and make the calibrations needed to get the policy right more urgent,” he added.
Sen. Russ Feingold, Wisconsin Democrat, said the documents “underscore what we already knew the policies we have been pursuing in the region under both the Bush and Obama administrations are based on a deeply flawed strategy.”
Mr. Feingold, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said the documents also highlight what he described as a “fundamental strategic problem,” namely “that elements of the Pakistani security services have been complicit in the insurgency.”
Wikileaks provided the documents to the New York Times, the British newspaper the Guardian and the German weekly Der Spiegel — access to 92,000 secret military reports covering a period from January 2004 through December 2009.
The reports were written by military and intelligence officers, according to Wikileaks.
The documents reveal that Pakistan permitted officials of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency to meet with Taliban leaders and plot attacks on U.S. troops and the assassinations of Afghan leaders.
The documents also report that Pakistani Lt. Gen. Hamid Gul, who ran the ISI from 1987 to 1989, remained a key contact with the Taliban after his retirement and was active in supporting the militants.
Reports made public on Sunday also reveal a program by ISI officers to direct and support suicide bombers in Afghanistan in 2006.
Pakistani officials deny that these linkages still exist.View Entire Story
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Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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