Britiske soldater som i fjor drepte en Taliban-kommandant i Helmand-provinsen, oppdaget at han var en pakistansk offiser. Saken ble dysset ned, til president Hamid Karazais store vrede. En navngitt amerikansk offiser har sagt on the record at pakistanske helikoptre har fløyet inn forsyninger til Taliban-soldater som har ligget i strid med amerikanere og afghanske regjeringssoldater.
British officials covered up evidence that a Taliban commander killed by special forces in Helmand last year was in fact a Pakistani military officer, according to highly placed Afghan officials.
The commander, targeted in a compound in the Sangin valley, was one of six killed in the past year by SAS and SBS forces. When the British soldiers entered the compound they discovered a Pakistani military ID on the body.
It was the first physical evidence of covert Pakistani military operations against British forces in Afghanistan even though Islamabad insists it is a close ally in the war against terror.
Britain’s refusal to make the incident public led to a row with the Afghan president Hamid Karzai, who has long accused London of viewing Afghanistan through the eyes of Pakistani military intelligence, which is widely believed to have been helping the Taliban.
«He feels he has been telling everyone about Pakistan for the past six years and here was the evidence, yet London refused to release it, because they care more about their relations with Islamabad than Kabul,» said a source close to the president. «He knows Britain is worried about inflaming its large Pakistani population, but that is no excuse.»
Det er interessant at Karzai føler at britiske myndigheter er redd for å tirre sin egen pakistanske befolkning. Utenrikspolitikk er idag blitt innenrikspolitikk.
Da Karzai noen måneder senere fikk vite at britene forhandlet med Taliban bak hans rygg, ble han så forbannet at han utviste to britiske diplomater.
Karzai kommer neste uke til Storbritannia, og er lei for det dårlige forholdet. Han betrakter George Brown som en good guy.
Flere andre har gitt eksempler på Pakistans støtte til Taliban.
Lieutenant-Colonel Chris Nash, who commanded an embedded training team in eastern Afghanistan from June 2007 to March this year, told the Army Times that Pakistani forces flew repeated helicopter missions into Afghanistan to resupply a Taliban base camp during a fierce battle in June last year. Nash said: «We were on the receiving end of Pakistani military D-30 [a howitzer]. On numerous occasions Afghan border police checkpoints and observation posts were attacked by Pakistani military forces.»
Det som fikk det til å renne over var angrepet på den indiske ambassaden i Kabul i juli der 41 mennesker ble drept. Avlyttinger førte rett tilbake til en celle innenfor ISI, Pakistans etterretningsapparat.