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Point 4: Press Pakistan to End the Safe Haven and Weapons Flow to the Taliban

Interviews with Taliban by Matt Waldman

In June 2010, Matt Waldman of Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University issued a report based on interviews with 16 Taliban commanders which concludes that the Pakistan intelligence service ISI "orchestrates, sustains and strongly influences the (Taliban) movement. They say it gives sanctuary to both Taliban and Haqqani groups, and provides huge support in terms of training, funding, munitions, and supplies."

Waldman's results are consistent with documents in the recent Wikileaks release:

Wikileaks Documents

"The documents, made available by an organization called WikiLeaks, suggest that Pakistan, an ostensible ally of the United States, allows representatives of its spy service to meet directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions to organize networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders."

Joe Klein Column in Time

See also: Joe Klein's column in Time magazine on 8-9-10 (7-29 online):,8599,2007243,00.html

Books by Ahmed Rashid

In his book, "Taliban," written in 2000, Pakistanis journalist Ahmed Rashid describes the ISI's central role in funneling CIA funds to Muhajedeen groups fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan, and its subsequent role in the creation and funding of the Taliban and during its regime up to 911.

In his book: "Descent int Chaos" (2008) Rashid describes the ISI's continued support for the Taliban in its insurgency against the US occupation and Karzai government (p.222-3):

"Over time evidence slowly collected by US and NATO intelligence officers on the ground showed a systematic and pervasive system of ISI collusion. By 2004 they had confirmed reports of the ISI running training camps for Taliban recruits north of Quetta, funds and arms shipments arriving from Gulf countries, and shopping sprees in Quetta and Karachi in which the Taliban bought hundreds of motorbikes, pickup trucks, and satellite phones. In 2003 and 2004, American soldiers at firebases along the border in eastern Afghanistan and US drones in the skies watched as army trucks delivered Taliban fighters to the border at night and then recovered them on their return a few days later."

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