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Pakistan-Taliban links: Nabil’s move draws mixed reaction

Pakistan-Taliban links: Nabil’s move draws mixed reaction

Jul 18, 2016 - 13:35

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some political experts have called the release of documents linking Pakistaninfo-icon with Afghan militant groups an inappropriate move, while some others hail it as a bold move by the former spymaster.

Last Thursday, ex-head of National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) Rahmatullah Nabil shared some documents along with a write-up with journalists, ‘proving Pakistan’s relations with Taliban.’

In his article, Nabil accused Pakistan has been using religious extremism and its security forces to protect its ideology since coming into being in 1947. During the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan,

He claimed Pakistan equipped its security forces and created thousands of seminaries to recruit, train and arm the Talibaninfo-icon with the support of the US in the name of aiding the Afghan mujahideen .

Ghulam Farooq Bashar, a Kabul University teacher, said Nabil had disclosed extremely important documents, but he should have consulted the government. The papers should have been issued by the government or shared them with the UN.

He believed if the documents had been referred to the UN through government channels, the result would have been far more effective from Kabul’s perspective. Bashar said the papers proved Pakistan never wanted friendly relations with Afghanistaninfo-icon and always tried to create problems for it.

But political analyst Mohammad Kabir Ranjbar slammed Nabil for revealing important secrets, which were not private property of the former intelligence chief. The papers had been found by intelligence agencies, he argued.

He panned the so-called disclosures against the core national interest by an individual. Such a move should have been made by a state institution, the expert reasoned.

Mohammad Asif Ashan, a political commentator, thought the documents concerning Pakistani intelligence shenanigans should had been revealed much earlier. The step would help mount pressure on Pakistan to distance itself from terrorists.

He said Nabil was no ordinary person but served as a responsible spymaster for years. The action would have a huge impact at the regional and international level, the commentator said, calling the move a contemporary, proactive policy of noted personalities.

Shahla Farid, who teaches at the Kabul University, said if the documents were really based on facts, their release had come at the most appropriate time. She praised the former spy chief’s big achievement in disclosing the documents.

She added Nabil planned to issue the documents when he was serving as NDS head, but authorities did not attach much importance to his claims. Nabil insists the expose did not pose any threat to NDS personnel and his act is in line with the national interest.


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