A lot has been written about the rise of the ISI, Pakistan’s intelligent agency, as a quisling factor in the pacification of the Afghanistan-Paksitan region and the war against Al-Qaeda. While ISI has been pivotal in providing important linkages to the Taliban insurgency, first in the build-up of the militant group during the Soviet occupation and after in the fight to liberate Afghanistan from the stranglehold of their extremist suppression, the US and the West have indicated that they do not trust the agency’s intentions and activities. Evidence exists concerning ISI’s involvement in the terrorist attacks in India and the on-going success of the Taliban and other extremists such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, on exporting terrorism globally. The real tragedy is that the ISI is currently in the process of mounting a coup to grab the reins of power in nuclear Pakistan, under the cover of the continuous political crisis in that country.
The Truth About the ISI and their bid to dominate control over nuclear Pakistan
The prevalent assumption that ISI is controlled by the Pakistan Army or some other unidentified civilian persona within the national Government is absolutely false. The ISI is completely out of control, out of anyone’s control, due primarily to the fact that ISI has become self-financing and has access independently to vast and unlimited sources of financing. How? During the twenty years of the Soviet occupation and subsequently the war on terrorism and extremism, the ISI developed business linkages with the lucrative drug trade that “poppy-lates” a significant portion of rural Afghanistan, cultivating them as a means of financing for arms to strengthen the resistance. Later, as the US and the West chased down Al-Queda in Afghanistan, ISI maintain their linkages with the organized drug networks, ensuring their survival through all the various anti-drug campaigns by the US and the UN. Today, with the withdrawal of US and allied forces looming, Afghanistan is an open field for the increased cultivation of poppies and cannabis. The ISI controls and draws upon a percentage of this drug income for its own continuity and operations; with no dependance upon national Pakistani sources of financing, the ISI has defacto become independent of any national control in Pakistan.
This might not be news to those more brilliant at monitoring Pakistan and its agencies. However, of concern is the fact that the ISI is quietly in the process of mounting of coup d’etat within Pakistan, to take over control of that country. A series of national events starting with the frequent absences of President Zardari, the indictment of the Prime Minister of Pakistan for making a change in his own cabinet by firing a ex-ISI member, and the Pakistan Supreme Court’s verdict to prosecute the Prime Minister for allegations that in past years would not even have been registered in the court’s consideration, are paving the way for a coup to overthrow the Government by ISI. Their objective is to gain control of the county and instal a figurehead military general to defacto lead the “official” takeover of power. ISI would then rule behind the scenes through a overtly military surrogate.
How and why would such a development be of concern in a country that is a failed State and has stumbled through a litany of military coups and undemocratic governments? Pakistan remains the most dangerous nuclear-capable nation in the world. The domination and control of the ISI over the governance of nuclear Pakistan would defacto give control of the country’s nuclear arsenal to terrorist sympathizers who are, in my opinion, terrorists themselves. Iran’s nuclear challenge would pale in comparison to the specter of a renegade Pakistan!
Note: All the info in this post is drawn from open sources and the rest is connecting the dots and analysis!
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