|COAS General Kayani|
Following the attacks on the NATO headquarters and USZ Embassy in Kabul, the USZ former Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee Admiral Mike Mullen had accused Haqqani Network of planting these attacks saying Haqqanis were “veritable arm of ISI.” The Pak-USZ hostility mounted to culmination after Burhanuddin Rabbani, pro-America stooge head of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council charade, was killed in a suicide attack in Kabul. Stooge Afghan President Hamid Karzai and intelligence officials claim having concrete evidences on Pakistan’s premier spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) involvement in Rabbani’s killing. Afghanistan on Tuesday had accused Pakistan of not cooperating on Rabbani’s murder. “Today we received a message from the embassy of Pakistan saying that since this issue has arisen in media, we cannot cooperate and we apologise for that,” Mohammad Yasin Zia, Afghanistan’s Deputy Head of the National Directorate of Security had told AFP. Pakistan rejected these charges as ‘unfounded and incorrect’ Speaking with this scribe from Kabul, Zia alleged again on Thursday that Pakistan was “very non-operative on hunting down Rabbani killers.” Despite Pakistan’s Foreign Office denied his previous allegation, Yasin Zia said Afghan authorities were yet to hear from ISI.
When asked to comment on more or less similar scenario in Afghanistan where policy formulation rested with the Pentagon and Karzai administration, according to many, was ineffective or ceremonial, an irritated Zia said, “It’s a different thing, don’t drag me into it.” Pakistan’s implied warnings to Afghanistan are deciphered as being in sequel to this latest spate of tension. In a meeting with the USZ Central Command chief General James Mattis, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani had reportedly demanded of the USZ and NATO to get cross-border incursions stopped from Afghan side. Pakistan Army says that Haqqani Network is based in Afghanistan’s Kunar and Nuristan provinces, the areas that oversaw repeated attacks in Pakistan’s Chitral and Upper Dir from Afghan militants. The international community and the USZ do not buy this argument alleging that Haqqanis have safe havens in NWA. The other day, Pakistan’s former diplomat hailing from Waziristan Ambassador Rustam Shah Mohmand had told this paper, if Haqqanis were based in NWA, the USZ should have attacked them with drone-hits “instead of puling Pakistan’s leg” Particularly intriguing was the way General Kayani spoke high about Saudi Arabia on Thursday. “Saudi Arabia has a very important role in Afghanistan,” he said referring to the oil rich country’s influence in this region. In another meaningful signal seemingly relayed to Washington, he also mentioned of China saying that next military exercises would be Sino-Pak.
( The Nation )