Den pakistanske legen Shakil Afridi, som hjalp amerikanerne å finne Osama bin Laden – og derfor ble kastet i fengsel og behandlet og dømt som landsforræder, sier den mektige sikkerhetstjenesten ISI ikke la skjul på at de betrakter USA som sin verste fiende. Verre enn India.
Fox News har greid å få intervju Afridi i et nytt fengsel han er overført til, hvor han nyter visse bekvemmeligheter. Det han forteller understreker at det fiendtlige forholdet som etter hvert har utviklet seg mellom de to land, er er et resultat av Pakistans syn på USA.
Afridis uttalelser kommer ikke som noe sjokk, men de kan bidra til ytterligere å svekke oppslutningen om økonomisk støtte til Pakistan i Kongressen. Den politiske sympati er for lengst forsvinnet, kun kalde nødvendighetshensyn gjør at Pakistan får penger. Men det går en grense. Åpen motarbeiding av USA, slik som å løslate terrorister og sende dem inn i Afghanistan, kan være dråpen som får begeret til å renne over. Pakistans politikk koster amerikansk blod.
“They said ‘The Americans are our worst enemies, worse than the Indians,’” Afridi, who spoke from inside Peshawar Central Jail, said as he recalled the brutal interrogation and torture he suffered after he was initially detained.
“I tried to argue that America was Pakistan’s biggest supporter – billions and billions of dollars in aid, social and military assistance — but all they said was, ‘These are our worst enemies. You helped our enemies.’”
Før helgen ble det kjente Haqqani-nettverket satt på State Departements terrorliste. Det fikk New York Times til å sende news alert. Med tredjparts øyne kunne det virke overdrevet, men grunnen var selvsagt at Haqqani-nettverket støttes både politisk og materielt av ISI. Å føre opp nettverket på terrorlisten var derfor et varsel om at Pakistan risikerer å havne i en situasjon der det føler Kongressens vrede.
The ISI, Afridi said, helps fund the Haqqani network, the North Waziristan-based militant group that was last week designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The agency also works against the U.S. by preventing the CIA from interrogating militants captured by Pakistan, who are routinely released to return to Afghanistan to continue attacks on NATO forces there.
“It is now indisputable that militancy in Pakistan is supported by the ISI […] Pakistan’s fight against militancy is bogus. It’s just to extract money from America,” Afridi said, referring to the $23 billion Pakistan has received largely in military aid since 9/11.
Afridi forteller interessante ting om fangebehandlingen: de vestlige konvertittene til islam som kom for å støtte Taliban og jihadister, ble arrestert og fikk en svært ublid behandling. De ble mishandlet på det groveste. De arabiske ekstremistene derimot tilhørte eliten – de fikk de beste cellene og den beste maten.
Farlige militante som ville bekjempe USA ble sluppet løs med beskjed om å komme seg til Afghanistan.
Afridi said that before he was moved to Peshawar in May, he met Abdul Kayyum, the nephew of a chief of the Wazir tribe, who had been apprehended by the ISI for reasons that are unclear.
Kayyum explained to the doctor that three years earlier, his uncle, Khan Marjakee, had been instructed by the ISI to raise funds from the tribal community for the Haqqanis, which Marjakee then did.
“Without doubt, the Haqqanis are 100 percent supported by the ISI,” said Afridi.
Afridi said there were many militants of different nationalities, often Afghans, held at Apbarra. Arab detainees were given “first-class treatment and first-class food,” while some radicalized Westerners were singled out for abuse.
“The militants were told by the ISI, ‘According to the Americans, we’re supposed to arrest you. We don’t want anything to do with you, but will support you by letting you go. Go back to Afghanistan and steer clear of the Americans.’ And then they would be released.”
Among other detainees at Apbarra were numerous white Westerners, identified as being from the U.S., U.K., Germany and the Netherlands. Afridi would talk to an American, referred to only as Brown, as the doctor was the only person who spoke fluent English there.
Brown was held for four months after he crossed illegally into Pakistan from Iran and was arrested in the southwest city of Quetta, notorious for its links with the Taliban. He had told the ISI he was on his way to Afghanistan.
“He was white skinned, had red hair and tattoos,” Afridi said. “He was a mason by profession and told me he came for jihad. He had converted to Islam five years before and had adopted the Muslim name Ismael.
“When he came back from interrogation, he told me he had been beaten very seriously. I last saw him on May 1. I have no idea what happened to him.”
Pakistan arresterer militante, ofte på amerikansk oppfordring, som bevis på samarbeidsvilje. Pakistan kan dermed bruke adgang til fangene som pressmiddel. Amerikanerne vil gjerne avhøre dem selv. Nå forteller Afridi at pakistanske tjenestemenn bevisste forpurrer avhørene.
One of the officers who interrogated him had also escorted an American official visiting from Washington to an interview with a highly sought militant Abdul Karim Agha, in November 2011.
Agha had told him afterward that an ISI officer had whispered instructions in his ear as he walked into the interrogation room to feign sudden illness so he could not be interviewed.
“They said to him, ‘You tell this person ‘I am very sick, I cannot talk today,’” he related. “The American official protested, saying he’d only been given a week to stay in Pakistan with the expectation of interrogating him two or three times. But the ISI told him that the interrogation was postponed for three weeks, and so he had to leave.
“I was told by others that the ISI advises militants to make things up to tell CIA interrogators, pretend this and that,” Afridi told Fox News.
Afridi ble torturert på det groveste, og under rettssaken, som endte med at han ble dømt til 33 år, ble det lagt frem en masse vitneprov som åpenbart er forfalskninger. ISI har også tømt hans konto, slik at familien står uten midler.
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