ISI has infiltrated US think tanks, Pak scholar says

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WASHINGTON: A prominent anti-establishment scholar in Pakistan has caused a flutter in Washington by suggesting that the country's spy outfit Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has infiltrated think-tanks in the US capital.

Ayesha Siddiqa, a political commentator and former bureaucrat, whose expose of Pakistan's military-intelligence's stranglehold on the country was chronicled in her book 'Military Inc', shocked regional experts with a tweet on Thursday, relating how a Pakistani diplomat had confided to an American six years ago that the ISI had set up funds to infiltrate DC (Washington) think tanks and ''finally did it.''

''The only problem with this approach is they are sending unqualified people (mostly) to compete with Indians in the US,'' Siddiqa continued, adding, ''non-PhDs'' without any publication record will not be taken seriously in the US capital. She also named Moeed Yusuf, a senior Pakistan expert at the US Institute of Peace and Arif Rafique, an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute, in her tweets.

Rafique countered her charges by initially saying, "I respect you and your work. Please don't make false insinuations about me.'' But when Siqqiqa shot back with ''False? DC humming with your name,'' he fired back with, ''Sad that an intelligent person like yourself has become a miserable conspiracy theorist. You should be ashamed of your lies.''

Siddiqa maintained that her ''only concern is if they have 2 do it then send ppl with capacity or grow ppl inside the system'' and said the ''current plan is flop.'' For think tanks, ''the main issue is money, whoever can put down a grant gets the slot,'' she said, explaining how Pakistan was making inroads into think tanks.

There has indeed been a perceptible increase in Pakistani experts in US thinktanks and universities over the past decade, particularly after the country's association with the so-called war on terror, including its reputation as the haven for terrorists. Among the prominent Pakistani scholars in Washington DC are Shuja Nawaz, director of the South Asia Center at Atlantic Council (who incidentally is the brother of former army chief Asif Nawaz Janjua) and several former Pakistani diplomats who have rotated in an out of the city.

Former Pakistan ambassadors to US such as Hussain Haqqani and Maleeha Lodhi have done stints at think tanks, as have former generals-turned-diplomats, notably Jehangir Karamat and Mahmud Ali Durrani. Siddiqa herself served as a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University.

In 2009, Pakistanis helped raise money for a Pakistan studies ''chair'' at the University of Texas in Austin, named after a US Congressman who was a great fan and supporter of the country's role in the 1980s Afghan conflict, although he was disillusioned about the whole affair when he died in 2010.

http://m.timesofindia.com/world/us/...nks-Pak-scholar-says/articleshow/20839101.cms
 

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WASHINGTON: A prominent anti-establishment scholar in Pakistan has caused a flutter in Washington by suggesting that the country's spy outfit Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has infiltrated think-tanks in the US capital.

Ayesha Siddiqa, a political commentator and former bureaucrat, whose expose of Pakistan's military-intelligence's stranglehold on the country was chronicled in her book 'Military Inc', shocked regional experts with a tweet on Thursday, relating how a Pakistani diplomat had confided to an American six years ago that the ISI had set up funds to infiltrate DC (Washington) think tanks and ''finally did it.''

''The only problem with this approach is they are sending unqualified people (mostly) to compete with Indians in the US,'' Siddiqa continued, adding, ''non-PhDs'' without any publication record will not be taken seriously in the US capital. She also named Moeed Yusuf, a senior Pakistan expert at the US Institute of Peace and Arif Rafique, an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute, in her tweets.

Rafique countered her charges by initially saying, "I respect you and your work. Please don't make false insinuations about me.'' But when Siqqiqa shot back with ''False? DC humming with your name,'' he fired back with, ''Sad that an intelligent person like yourself has become a miserable conspiracy theorist. You should be ashamed of your lies.''

Siddiqa maintained that her ''only concern is if they have 2 do it then send ppl with capacity or grow ppl inside the system'' and said the ''current plan is flop.'' For think tanks, ''the main issue is money, whoever can put down a grant gets the slot,'' she said, explaining how Pakistan was making inroads into think tanks.

There has indeed been a perceptible increase in Pakistani experts in US thinktanks and universities over the past decade, particularly after the country's association with the so-called war on terror, including its reputation as the haven for terrorists. Among the prominent Pakistani scholars in Washington DC are Shuja Nawaz, director of the South Asia Center at Atlantic Council (who incidentally is the brother of former army chief Asif Nawaz Janjua) and several former Pakistani diplomats who have rotated in an out of the city.

Former Pakistan ambassadors to US such as Hussain Haqqani and Maleeha Lodhi have done stints at think tanks, as have former generals-turned-diplomats, notably Jehangir Karamat and Mahmud Ali Durrani. Siddiqa herself served as a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University.

In 2009, Pakistanis helped raise money for a Pakistan studies ''chair'' at the University of Texas in Austin, named after a US Congressman who was a great fan and supporter of the country's role in the 1980s Afghan conflict, although he was disillusioned about the whole affair when he died in 2010.

ISI has infiltrated US thinktanks, Pak scholar says - TOI Mobile | The Times of India Mobile Site

that says it all. these pakis can''t compete us:cool2::cool2:
 

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When the CIA is running pakistan, this is not a big matter of concern at all. Everyone knows that CIA has a very strong presence in pakistan and it knows each and every move made by the ISI and also the pak-Army.......
 

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The greatest problem remains that Harvard University has infiltrated US think tanks since think tanks were invented..
 

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For many years Pakistanis are crying day and night on Indians getting jobs in USA as analysts, administrators et cetra ' thinbk tanks' in USA. The possibility is that their might have been systemic effort from Pakistanis to push people in public sector jobs specifically foreign policy making secretariats. Pakistan's ambassador to USA Sherry Rehman was bitching the same on a Pakistani channel about Indians two years back.
 

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