National and Transnational Terrorist network within the Pakistan Army

by Noor Dahri

The history of terrorism in Pakistan is very specious and the implications of terrorism on the soul of Pakistan are very deep. There are many causes behind the origins of terrorist acts in Pakistan. One of the reasons is born and bred terrorism and terrorist network in a country which was stamped down by their own Army many times. Pakistan Army is fighting a war with insiders in the Army and outsider who were once children of the Army. There are many examples of the attacks on army, naval and air force bases which were carried out with the help of army personals who wanted to destabilize not only Pakistan or damage the infrastructure of Pak Army but to establish a so called Islamic State.

The history of Pak army nexus with terrorist proxy groups is not hidden anymore. It was Pak army who created these fundamental mullahs to fight against the USSR in the name of religion, they are the same children who now behead their creators and perpetrators in the name of Islam. The game is at once turned the way and the latest model of terrorist revenge is to be beheaded Rted Colonel Imaam and Khalid Khuaja of ISI who were once the fathers of these so called Mujahideen.

Fundamentalist elements within the army are so strong, and the Army is confused how to counter these high ranking officers. Two groups have been created within the Army, one is moderate group which supports democracy, and the other is an extremist group, which fully supports the TTP (Tehrik e Taliban Pakistan) terrorist network and ISIS. An Army Brigadier Ali Khan and his colleagues Major Anayat Aziz, Major Sohail Akbar, Major Iftkhar and Major Javed, who were convicted are the concrete examples of extreme elements within Pakistan Army.

According to Rob Crilly who is a Pakistan correspondent of The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph: “Ask any NATO commander in Afghanistan what is the biggest hurdle to defeating the Taliban insurgency, and there is only ever one answer: the safe havens in Pakistan from where militants can launch strikes in safety”. The strong connection between Haqqani network and Pakistan Army is really old and stiff. According to Abdul Rashid Waziri, a specialist at Kabul's Centre for Regional Studies of Afghanistan, explains that links between the Haqqani network and Pakistan can be traced back to the mid-1970s. The ISI links with the Haqqanis since 1979. According to a report published by West Point's Combating Terrorism Centre (2011), the network acts as a key facilitator of negotiations between the Pakistani government and the TTP and as the "primary conduit" of many Pakistani Taliban fighters into Afghanistan. In 2009, Pakistan told US authorities that a retired Army Major was arrested in connection with Haqqani network. The council on Foreign Relations published its report noted that:

“Pakistan's military intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has long faced accusations of meddling in the affairs of its neighbours. A range of officials inside and outside Pakistan have stepped up suggestions of links between the ISI and terrorist groups in recent years.” In June 2008, Afghan officials accused Pakistan's intelligence service of plotting a failed assassination attempt on President Hamid Karzai; shortly thereafter, they implied the ISI's involvement in a July 2008 attack on the Indian embassy. Indian officials also blamed the ISI for the bombing of the Indian embassy. Pakistani officials have denied such a connection”.

According an intelligence report “The United States had direct evidence that the ISI chief, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, knew of Bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Pakistan was also responsible for the evacuation of about 5000 of the top leadership of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda who were encircled by NATO forces in the 2001. This event, known as the Kunduz airlift, which is also popularly called the "Airlift of Evil", involved several Pakistani Air Force transport planes flying multiple sorties over a number of days”.

Pakistani scholar Pervez Hoodbhoy also accused ISI for its connection with Osama bin Laden: "Bin Laden was the 'Golden Goose' that the army had kept under its watch, but which, to its chagrin, has now been stolen from under its nose. Until then, the thinking had been to trade in the Goose at the right time for the right price, either in the form of dollars or political concessions". In 2011, American troops reportedly recovered Pakistani military supplies from Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.

Pakistan Army always supported and perpetrated terrorist incidents in India for the cause of Kashmir. It is likewise proved that LET militants brought Indian army personal’s beheaded head in Pakistan and showed openly in public at their assemblies. The leader of the terrorist organization “Jaish –e-Mohammad” Moulana Azhar was released from the Indian Prison through the interchange of airplane hostages in Afghanistan and later the same terrorist leader appeared and made his own terrorist group at the soul of Pakistan with the help of Pak Army. There are yet many examples that Pak Army still supports terrorism organizations and militant networks.

According to a 2001 article titled "Overview of State-Sponsored Terrorism" issued by the US Office of the Coordinator for Counter terrorism, "In South Asia, the United States has been increasingly concerned about reports of Pakistani support to terrorist groups and elements active in Kashmir, as well as Pakistani support, especially military support, to the Taliban, which continues to harbour terrorist groups, including al-Qaida, the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan." In 2011, American troops reportedly recovered Pakistani military supplies from Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan