Former ISI head calls Wikileaks as fictional
Islamabad, Jul 29: Gen Hamid Gul, former head of ISI has described the 91,000 leaked US military documents, which allege close connections between Pak and Taliban militants, as fictional.
Gul, said "there was much bashing of the ISI and of the army indirectly in this case, and they feel that I am probably a convenient whipping boy."
However, Gul said in an interview, that it was fictional and went on to say that "it only depicts the intelligence failure on the part of US and whoever else, but much of it, I think, has been contributed by Afghan intelligence."
According to the leaked intelligence reports, Gul, had headed ISI, when Pakistan and the US were supporting Islamist militants in their fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan.
Gul, who has been an outspoken supporter of the Taliban, is alleged to have dispatched 3 men in Dec 2006 to carry out attacks in Afghanistan's capital.
In one report from Mar 2008, the ISI is alleged to have ordered Siraj Haqqani, in Pakistan, to kill workers from archenemy India who were building roads in Afghanistan.
In another report, the ISI is alleged to have given Jalaluddin Haqqani, Siraj's father, 1,000 motorcycles to carry out suicide attacks in Afghanistan.
Clearly pointing a finger at Pakistan, the Afghan government had said on Monday, Jul 26, that the leaked documents verified Afghanistan's long-held view that the war won't end until terrorist sanctuaries in neighbouring nations are shut down.
According to the New York Times, Pakistan allows representatives of its ISI agency to meet directly with the Taliban to organise militant networks and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders.