- The Washington Times - Friday, February 17, 2006

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai has handed over extensive intelligence dossiers to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf detailing how suicide bombers who attack targets in Afghanistan are being recruited, trained and equipped in Pakistan.

Although Mr. Karzai stopped short of accusing Pakistan’s military regime of being behind the attacks, he said the United States and Britain will be “stepping up pressure on Islamabad” to take action to stop the attacks.

Mr. Karzai was on a landmark three-day visit to the Pakistani capital, which ended yesterday. At least 30 suicide bomb attacks have killed nearly 100 people in Afghanistan over the past three months.

Mr. Karzai faces extreme pressure at home where anti-Pakistan sentiment is rising. There have been dozens of demonstrations over accusations that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency is giving support to the Taliban.

“We have provided President Musharraf with a lot of very detailed information on acts of terrorism being carried out in Afghanistan, and we discussed in great detail what actions Pakistan could now take,” Mr. Karzai said.

“Americans are dying, a Canadian diplomat has been killed, our people are suffering, so it is time that action is taken to stop these acts of terrorism and interference in Afghanistan internal affairs,” he said in an interview.

Mr. Karzai also made it clear that the United States and Britain have increased diplomatic pressure on Pakistan to stop any support to the Taliban. Britain is to deploy about 4,000 troops in southern Afghanistan over the next few months, mostly to the province of Helmand, where the Taliban has recently stepped up its activities.

The Afghan dossiers include the names and addresses of Pakistani recruiters, trainers and suppliers.

“In places like Karachi, Pakistani extremist groups working on behalf of the Taliban for a fee carry out the recruitment and then bring them to safe houses in Baluchistan for training and equipping with the vests,” said a senior Afghan official who accompanied Mr. Karzai.

The official said all the top Taliban commanders, including Mullah Mohammed Omar, are known to be living in Pakistan and the issue had been repeatedly raised with Pakistan.

Pakistani officials no longer deny that Taliban activity is being coordinated from their soil, but they insist that the government has nothing to do with it.

After his two-hour meeting with the Afghan leader on Wednesday night, Gen. Musharraf called on “all the progressive political elements in Pakistan” to suppress elements who may be abetting the Taliban.

Earlier he told Mr. Karzai that the onus of fighting terrorism “was on both the countries.”

Yesterday, an Afghan television channel broadcast videos of men beheaded in Pakistan because they opposed the presence of Taliban and al Qaeda terrorists there, Agence France-Presse reported.

The images broadcast on the private channel Tolo showed the heads of three men being held up in front of a crowd, which chanted “Long live Osama bin Laden” and “Long live Mullah Omar.”

“The footage … shows half a dozen dead bodies being dragged by a vehicle through the streets of Mandrakhel [in Waziristan] — while a uniformed Pakistani military officer drives past without interfering,” the television station said in a statement.

Tolo said the scenes were recorded in Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal district that shares a border with southern Afghanistan most affected by the insurgency.

The television station did not say how it obtained the footage of the incident, which it said occurred about a month ago.

Meanwhile police in the southern Afghan province of Zabul said a Taliban commander responsible for a string of attacks in the region was captured after he was wounded in a clash yesterday, Reuters news agency reported.

Government troops intercepted Mullah Rahimullah with a group of insurgents after authorities got a tip, Zabul police chief Mohammad Nabi Mullahkhail said.


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