Pakistan is playing a "double game" by seeking counter-terrorism money in billions from the US and simultaneously providing support to al-Qaeda and Taliban, a leading American daily today said, asserting that the time has come to "squarely" confront Islamabad.
The Boston Globe said in its lead editorial that the ISI uses jihadist proxies to counter India's influence in Afghanistan. The "puppet show" enables Islamabad to prevent India, Iran and Russia from gaining too much of a foothold there and brings it military aid from the US, the Globe said.
Now that US under the Obama Administration is focusing its energy on Afghanistan, "Pakistan's treacherous double game has to be confronted squarely," the paper said.
Referring to a recent New York Times article which described how secretive S Wing of the ISI provides militant groups with ammunition and fuel for the fight against American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, it said operatives in S Wing also recruit new fighters for the Taliban from radical madrasas inside Pakistan.
Not only this, ISI personnel help those groups with strategic planning, even counselling them when to step up and when to gear down their operations, it said.
"The bad news is that no matter how vehemently US officials complain to their Pakistani counterparts, nothing much changes," said the Globe.