Pakistan: ISI cleansed, restructuring on

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    Pakistan: ISI cleansed, restructuring on

    13 Apr 2009, 0259 hrs IST, TNN



    NEW DELHI: As debate over the alleged role of ISI in fomenting terror rages across the world, Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Islamabad was trying to restructure its infamous intelligence agency.

    The controversial ISI has so far had the better of the civilian government, evident in the way it managed to throw a spanner in the 26/11 investigations by shielding some of the key accused, but it did not prevent Qureshi from making the tall claim that the agency has been "cleansed". To be fair to Qureshi, by saying that ISI has been cleansed he has at least admitted the agency's rendezvous with terror in the past.

    "Now we are in the process of restructuring ISI. ISI has been cleansed. The present leadership of ISI is very clear that this challenge (of tackling terrorism and extremism) is our challenge," Qureshi said in a TV interview, as he called upon India to resume the composite dialogue process.

    Qureshi then went on to claim that ISI has made positive contributions in the fight against terrorism and extremism. "Without ISI's help you could not have apprehended the 700 or so Al Qaida operatives. ISI has done more than any other organisation has done," he added.

    However, going by the experience India has had in the 26/11 probe, it is the ISI which is still calling the shots. President Asif Ali Zardari said after the attack in Mumbai that he would send ISI chief Shuja Pasha to India to help investigate the attacks but had to eat his words later under pressure from the agency and the army.

    It is also well known that ISI top brass prevented the FIA, which is investigating 26/11, from tightening the noose on the two main accused, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Zarar Shah, in the attack. Both are senior LeT commanders. Their `arrest' still remains a mystery with the government not making any public statement yet on their role in the attack or the status of their police detention. The agency for long has looked upon anti-India jihadis as force-multipliers against India and has used them to stoke terrorism in the country. There is no real evidence for at least India to buy Qureshi's argument that ISI has started to mend its ways.

    In his interview, Qureshi also exhorted India to resume the composite dialogue process. Coming as it does just a day after PM Manmohan Singh dismissed any such move till it was proved that Pakistan was serious about bringing 26/11 guilty to justice, it is clear that Pakistan, by making such statements, thinks it can score brownie point over India and strengthen its case before the international community, especially Washington.

    "I understand your concern. You can only address that concern by cooperating with Pakistan and not accusing Pakistan. That negative policy will not be in your interest," said Qureshi.

    "We had in place a process or the composite dialogue. Unfortunately, the tragic Mumbai incident put that on hold. I would be interested in re-starting that process because I feel that was a meaningful process, we were making incremental progress," he added.

    Qureshi said by rejecting talks, India was "strengthening militancy and you are promoting and strengthening the hands of terror. The sooner you realise that the better it is for you".

    The Pakistani foreign minister said it was in the mutual interest of India and Pakistan to bring the culprits of Mumbai attacks to justice but his country does not accept conditions. "Now, what I am saying is, what we have to understand is, there are no conditions and we would not accept conditions. We want to cooperate with you and we have to move ahead. We cannot do it alone. We can do it collectively," he said.

    He claimed Pakistan has taken "very positive steps" with regard to dismantling the terror infrastructure and that these were being ignored by India. Pakistani authorities have arrested "very high profile people" and "proscribed some very important organisations".

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...nsed-restructuring-on/articleshow/4393318.cms
     
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    The day terrorists attacks stop in India, fake currencies stops coming from across the border, the day NATO trucks are not torched, the day mehsud, OBL is caught, the day Taliban vanishes, that will be the day the ISI has changed for good.
     
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    Yes, Yusuf , you are right, they use only words, no action will be taken by them, no body can clean ISI, unless ISI, does this itself.
     
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    The only solution is to dismantle ISI. There are far too many Zia era's plantings (jihadi type officers) in the PA and ISI who are responsible for the current failure of Pakistan in controlling the Taliban or the use of extremism as a state policy.
     
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    Theses guys will probably turn freelancers like Lakvi who is ex PA.
    What's required is a genuine change in heart against extremism
     
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    How do you think it will happen, Yusuf?. I don't see any solution as far as changing their heart.
     
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    Yes. That's why it's a frankenstein. Don't know how all this will end.
     
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    The solution exists in the will of the civilian government.
    The day they get the balls to ban ISI as an organization and start an intelligence agency from scratch... which they wouldn't be very pleased to do(for the sake of their own lives).
    US help can always be acquired for the "preservation of a democracy".
     
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    Will of Civilian Govt.?. Non-existent wrt to PA, we have seen it happening recently when Civilian govt. tried to get it under its own ambit. They had to revoke their decision within 24 hrs.

    They don't have any and won't grow any in the visible near future.

    Don't see it happening with jokers at the helm in civilian govt.
     
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    I know its easy to say, but thats the only solution....unless they actually turn nice ;)
     
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    Soham, rogue elements as freelancers? There are lots of these all the way to the top. It's going to be a very difficult task
     
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    I never denied that. But thats the only way.
    Although, I have no hopes of Pakistan taking this road, unless Angel Gabriel pays them a visit.
    But thats the only way.
     
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    Angel of death would be a better option. Take them straight to hell
     
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    Huh... they wouldn't be willing to give up their anti-India stance even if Prophet Mohammed PBUH visited them.... I have no hopes whatsoever !!!
     

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