ISI Has Contacts In Every Terror Group, Claims MusharrafPakistan's ISI has influence over every terrorist group and it uses these contacts for its "own advantage", former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said in a rare admission that corroborates India's suspicions of Pak-hand in
Pakistan's ISI has influence over every terrorist group and it uses these contacts for its "own advantage", former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said in a rare admission that corroborates India's suspicions of Pak-hand in terror acts.
Debunking Pakistan's oft-repeated position that its Inter-Services Intelligence had no role in terror activities across the border, Musharraf claimed that its intelligence agency's effectiveness was through such "ingress".
"Always, in every group, there is an ingress of the ISI. And that is the efficiency, the effectiveness of the ISI. You must have ingress, so that you can influence all organisations.
"And it is this ingress of theirs, which doesn't mean that they are supporting them, but they have ingress. They have some contacts, which can be used for their own advantage," Musharraf said in an interview to CNN.
The former President was responding to a question on statements by US leaders that ISI still has contacts with the terrorists. Musharraf, however, went on to claim that ISI was not supporting the terror groups.
"They (ISI) will not support it (terrorists). That was not the government policy. That was not the military policy. However, there was ingress."
Musharraf alleged that Afghan intelligence, government and President are under the influence of Indian intelligence agencies and he has documentary evidence on it.
India has rubbished Pakistan's allegations saying it was not involved in any way in the troubles in Afghanistan.
"The Afghan intelligence (is) entirely under the influence of Indian intelligence. We know that," he said when asked whether Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar is in the Quetta city of Pakistan.
"Whatever I am saying, I am not saying it here (for the first time). I have given documentary evidence of all this to everyone. There is the documentary evidence. And we know the involvement of Indian intelligence, in India, with their intelligence," Musharraf, currently in London, charged.
He said foreign troops are not welcome in Afghanistan, but now since they are there, they should win the battle against al- Qaeda and the Taliban.
"Foreign troops are not welcome there (in Afghanistan). But now that they are there, we have to win. And quitting is not an option at all," he said.
"Anyone who is talking of quitting doesn't understand the ramifications of quitting. He must sit down and analyse what will happen if he were to quit there without a solution. We have to defeat the Al Qaeda, we have to dominate the Taliban, and we have to introduce a credible, legitimate government in Afghanistan. But we cannot leave before that," he said. PTI