US reluctant to share intelligence inputs with Pak fearing leaks from ISI

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Washington, Oct.12 (ANI): Pakistan has long been demanding from the United States to share the real time intelligence inputs regarding the Al-Qaeda and the Taliban so that it could take action against them, however, US officials say they are reluctant to do that as they fear the information may be leaked out by the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

In his recent report to President Obama, General Stanley McChrystal, the top US commander in Afghanistan, has clearly mentioned that the ISI continues to maintain ties with the Afghan Taliban.

Commenting on ISI's links with banned outfits, a senior Pakistani defence official acknowledged that US intelligence on Al-Qaeda might have been leaked by some 'rogue agents' in 2006 and 2007.

"Still, it was only a hunch on the part of the U.S. that the leak came from the ISI," The Washington Times quoted the official, as saying on conditions of anonymity.

He said things have improved over the past few years, and stressed that the US should start sharing important intelligence reports.

"Even if the leak came from the ISI, things have improved. We have told the CIA and the Defense Department to give the information to only our two most prominent officials - no one else. If it leaks, then they'll know who leaked it. It does no good to leave your ally in the dark. If you think by sharing, that there would be a tip-off, then share with the top of us," he said.

Referring to the recent string of statements by US officials and diplomats that the Taliban leadership council (Shura) and Al-Qaeda were operating from Quetta, another Pakistani official said no one has given Islamabad specific information about the Quetta Shura's whereabouts.

"Now the U.S. intelligence says that Al Qaeda is holed up in Quetta.Has any U.S. intelligence agency given us any actionable intelligence with Pakistan? No. This is only talk," he said.

Even though drone strikes have been increasingly successful in Pakistan's lawless tribal region along the Afghan border, U.S. officials say that Pakistani terrorist groups such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, and Laskhar-e-Jhangvi which were supported by the ISI in the past are still helping Al Qaeda to recruit new 'jihadists', the newspaper said. (ANI)

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