Afghan backlash over security deal with Pakistan

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  1. Dharmateja

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    An unprecedented attempt to improve cooperation between Afghan and Pakistani spies has caused uproar in Afghanistan, where politicians and the media accused the government of selling out to a mortal enemy.

    Pakistan’s army confirmed the two countries’ security agencies signed a memorandum of understanding last week in which Pakistan will help train and equip Afghan intelligence officers, take part in the interrogation of terror suspects and conduct joint operations.

    It is an astonishing step for Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS), which has long accused its opposite numbers at the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Intelligence directorate (ISI) of practically directing the Taliban insurgency.

    It is also the most dramatic gesture yet by Ashraf Ghani, the Afghan president who came to power last year determined to win Islamabad’s help in brokering peace talks with the Taliban by offering concessions that would have been unthinkable under his predecessor, Hamid Karzai.

    Ghani has upset hawks by sending Afghan cadets for training at Pakistan’s officer academy and diverting scarce military resources to fight Pakistani militants hiding in Afghanistan. Even his November 2014 visit to the office of Pakistan’s army chief in the garrison city of Rawalpindi was seen by some as an affront to national pride.

    There are signs Ghani’s strategy is paying off, with Taliban and Afghan representatives meeting for informal talks in Qatar this month. Last week, Pakistan’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, travelled to Kabul to deliver an unprecedented public rebuke to the Taliban, which is engaged in a brutal summer campaign of violence.

    But with the number of attacks soaring, the diplomatic achievements have not been enough to appease Ghani’s critics. On Monday, a senior member of the Afghan parliament ordered the international relations committee to summon NDS officials for a grilling over the intelligence-sharing deal.

    The immediate backlash highlights the difficult balance Ghani has to strike between pushing for peace and sustaining public support for his government. “We all know these daily attacks, the suicide bombers, the terrorists are coming from Pakistan,” said Haroun Mir, a Kabul analyst. “Suddenly we want to share something we don’t share with very close allies with a government we blame for every single attack.”

    Highlighting its extreme sensitivity, the Afghan government did not formally announce the intelligence-sharing deal and denied that Pakistan will train and equip Afghan officers. Leaks to the Afghan media said that the NDS chief, Rahmatullah Nabil, was against the move.

    The memorandum of understanding was signed by a deputy NDS director general after Nabil refused to sign, said Davood Moradian, a Kabul-based analyst and ex-aide to Afghanistan’s former national security adviser.

    “This was an initiative proposed by the British but the NDS chief refused to sign it despite enormous pressure,” Moradian said. “It has not only heavily damaged morale within NDS but further damaged the credibility of Ghani and the national unity government.”

    Following the uproar, Ajmal Obaid Abidy, spokesman for Ghani, attempted to play down its significance, saying other memorandums had been signed with the ISI in the past, but he did not say what areas they covered.

    Opponents of Ghani’s strategy say Nabil and other top intelligence officials have been sidelined by the president and Hanif Atmar, his national security adviser.

    One former Karzai-era official said many in Kabul were shocked to learn that Nabil was excluded from at least one key meeting between Ghani and the ISI chief, Rizwan Akhtar in the last year.

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    Rahmatullah Nabil, the NDS chief, refused to sign the memorandum of understanding with Pakistan’s ISI.

    Pakistan has long-pushed for Nabil to be sacked after it emerged the NDS under his watch attempted to recruit Latif Mehsud, then the second most important commander in the Pakistani Taliban, as an intelligence source.

    Nabil later said the operation to cultivate Mehsud was a bid “to send a message to Pakistan that if they can do this, we also can do it.”

    Pakistan insists it is trying to push the Taliban – a movement it helped to power in the mid-1990s and continued to support after 2001 – towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

    “Unfortunately there is a group [in the NDS] who do not want us to move forward,” said a Pakistani intelligence official. “They have benefited from all the money that has come to this region and they are not interested in peace.”

    Amrullah Saleh, the NDS director general from 2004 to 2010, said he would have been ashamed to sign such an agreement and predicted staunch opposition to it.

    “I think a lot of us consider this a betrayal and a dishonouring of the sacrifices of our defence forces,” he said. “I never negotiated from a position of weakness. I always asked Pakistan to first stop terror, then ask Afghanistan to cooperate.”

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    Kabul explosion: Four dead as Taliban hits government buildings

    At least four people have died after a large explosion struck close to government buildings in the centre of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.

    The blast occurred as government workers were about to leave work.

    It struck close to two government buildings, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Mines, as well as the Serena Hotel - the target of a large attack in 2014.

    The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

    The Reuters news agency said the blast was felt several kilometres away.

    A government spokesman told Reuters that a car packed with explosives was detonated as workers were leaving.

    The AP news agency said the Ministry of Justice building was damaged in the attack, and that a number of people had been taken to hospital.

    The site of the explosion is also close to the Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank of Afghanistan and to a road leading to the presidential palace.


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    Great!! the Intelligence arrangement is already working!!!
    Ghani is sold out.
     
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    There seems to be some confusion over the deal, the presidential spokesperson saying the deal is not done:



    Meanwhile:
     
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    Aapas ki Baat 30 June 2015 With Najam Sethi

    Published on Jun 29, 2015, by Bollywood news

    watch it again at 25:00.......
     
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  6. aliyah

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    every country is screwed by politician . we also had traitors like I.K.Gujral , Morarji Desai and now vise president hamid ansari
     
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    What he did............................!
     
  8. aliyah

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    Operation Kahuta is regarded by many as one of the
    most daring operation ever conducted by RAW. The
    only reason it failed was due to a grave blunder by an
    Indian Prime Minister. Kahuta is the site of the Khan
    Research Laboratories (KRL), Pakistan’s main nuclear
    weapons laboratory as well as an emerging center for
    long-range missile development. The primary
    Pakistani fissile-material production facility is located
    at Kahuta, employing gas centrifuge enrichment
    technology to produce Highly Enriched Uranium
    (necessary for nuclear weapons). RAW first confirmed
    Pakistan’s nuclear programs by analyzing the hair
    samples of scientists snatched from the floor of barber
    shops near KRL; which showed that Pakistan had
    developed the ability to enrich uranium to weapons-
    grade quality. R&AW agents knew of Kahuta Research
    Laboratories from at least early 1978, when the then
    Indian Prime Minister, Morarji Desai stopped RAWs
    operations on Pakistan’s covert nuclear weapons
    program (because it was started by Indira Gandhi). In
    an indiscreet moment in a telephone conversation one
    day, Morarji Desai informed the then Pakistan
    President, Zia-ul-Haq, that India was aware of
    Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program. According to
    later reports, acting on this “tip-off”, Pakistani
    Intelligence eliminated RAW’s agents on Kahuta,
    leaving India in the dark about Pakistan’s nuclear
    weapons program from then on.
     
  9. FRYCRY

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    What a dumbass he was -_- :facepalm:
     
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  10. aliyah

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    for some personal interest r more imp then national interest....
     

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