ISI Help Taliban Run Seminaries: Adib
FAIZABAD: The governor of northeastern Badakhshan province on Saturday accused the Pakistani intelligence service, ISI, of sheltering 15 high-ranking Taliban leaders involved in sending recruits to eastern Afghan provinces.Dr. Shah Wali Adib told Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive interview the ISI was using new techniques to facilitate the infiltration of insurgents into mountainous parts of Nuristan and Badakhshan.
He warned the ISI-sponsored insurgents could easily sneak into northern Afghanistan and Central Asian countries. Adib claimed 15 Taliban clerics ran religious seminaries in rented houses in Pakistan under ISI patronage.Without naming those 15 figures and locations of the schools in Pakistan, the governor alleged the madrasa owners were involved in fueling the insurgency in Afghanistan.
“The Taliban have warned us through night letters to change the present government system, ban women from getting education and doing government jobs and give them (Taliban) freedom to perform their activities”, said Adib.The governor said militants in several areas of Badakhshan had surrendered and joined the peace process, but some areas remained under their influence.
Adib claimed Al Qaeda-linked militants were trying to reach Central Asian states from Chitral area in northwest Pakistan via Badakhshan, adding instability in the province would threaten north provinces.Syed Omar, a civil society activist, said Badakhshan was a relatively peaceful province, but the presence of militants in some parts posed a threat to peace. He said the rebels could gain strength if allowed to continue. (PAN)