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WASHINGTON – Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence Directorate, or ISI, recently held meetings with some 1,500 imams and Afghan Taliban to declare a fatwa, or religious decree, against the Afghan government, says a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
ISI had begun this initiative in anticipation of the 2014 pullout from Afghanistan of Western troops of the United States and various members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
The Pakistani government is against the Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai, which it believes is a puppet of Western governments.
The intent of the fatwa is to decide to issue a jihad against the Karzai government, since it is viewed as a non-Islamic, Western-imposed regime.
Analysts say that the meeting was organized by Abdullah Zakir, a Taliban high official who is close to Afghan Taliban leader Molla Mohamad Omar, which the Pakistani government has been protecting ever since the United States invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 when Omar escaped to Pakistan.
The decree of announcing a jihad makes it mandatory for the Taliban to bring down the Karzai government which was installed by the United States.
The ISI helped create various insurgent groups that the U.S. regards as terrorist organizations, including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network whose purpose for existing is to attack U.S.-led NATO forces.
The ISI also has other insurgent groups at its disposal, created to act as a proxy in fighting India which the Pakistani military still regards as its principal enemy.
One such group is the Lashkar-e-Taiba which has been involved in the Kashmir insurgency, was responsible for the terrorist attack on Mumbai, India, in November 2008 and now has expanded its activities into Afghanistan.
Analysts say that the LeT is collaborating with the Haqqani network and with the Afghan Taliban in targeting bases in Afghanistan.
The implication is serious in that Pakistan through its intelligence service actively is going against a U.S.-backed government. Pakistan long has regarded Afghanistan to be in its sphere of influence.
Pakistan’s concern is that India will help fill the political void with the vacating U.S. and NATO troops. Karzai already has signed an agreement for India to train Afghan police and security forces once the western troops are gone.
Then last November, U.S. forces accidentally killed some 27 Pakistani soldiers along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Pakistan’s immediate reaction was to order a halt in further U.S. drone attacks against Islamist militants in Pakistan and shut down the vital supply route through Pakistan’s Khyber Pass to supply U.S. and NATO troops.
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