August 1, 2008

Afghan TV Airs Reports of Bush Accusing Pakistan’s ISI

Text of report by Afghan independent Tolo TV, on 1 August

[Presenter] The Pakistani defence minister admits that President George Bush in his meeting with [Pakistani Prime Minister Syed] Yusuf Raza Gillani has expressed serious concern over the activities of Pakistan's intelligence agency. At his meeting with the Pakistani prime minister, George Bush said the Taleban were somehow informed about the intelligence information the USA gives the ISI.

Tamim Hamid reports

[Correspondent] The media quoted the Pakistani Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar saying that President Bush had told Yusuf Raza Gillani that the terrorists are tipped-off about US missile strikes on their hideouts in advance. The US president has complained to the Pakistani prime minister that the terrorists are given the intelligence information that Washington gives to the ISI.

Meanwhile, the New York Times has also quoted an American official on the issue. This American official has said on condition of anonymity that American officials, according to evidence they have obtained, see the involvement of some ISI members in the bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul.

[MP Mir Ahmad Joenda, in Dari] The Americans and Bush have finally realized that the ISI is not under the control of the civilian government and that the latter does not have any role in supervising the activities of the ISI. Casualties among American and British forces, Afghans and soldiers of other NATO countries are increasing with every passing day, and the Americans have no option but to react.

[Correspondent] The New York Times on Wednesday reported the visit by senior US officials to Pakistan and said they provided Islamabad with evidence showing the links between the ISI and terrorists based in Pakistan's tribal regions. Despite this, the Pakistani prime minister has rejected the reports and Pakistan's Foreign Ministry has also denied the involvement of the ISI in the bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul

[Mohammad Asef Baktash, political affairs analyst, in Dari] As far as we know Pakistan's past, they do not know the language of diplomacy. They only know the language of force.]

[Correspondent] Some American officials have also said in the past that there was a link between the ISI and terrorist groups based in Pakistan's tribal area, but this is the first time that President Bush has raised the issue in such an explicit manner.

Originally published by Tolo TV, Kabul, in Dari 1330 1 Aug 08.

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