March 2002 News

ISI still backs J&K ultras

4 March 2002
The Tribune

New York: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s efforts to rein in the activities of the ISI in Jammu and Kashmir has achieved mixed results with elements in the agency still continuing to sympathise with militant groups. The agency has obeyed General Musharraf’s orders to reverse policy in Afghanistan, ‘Newsweek’ says. But this is not the case in Jammu and Kashmir. "General Musharraf has ordered the agency to cut off contact with Pakistan-based insurgents that have battled Indian forces" in the state, it said. "But the cause is a very potent issue for nationalists of all stripes, not least of all the President himself. And the ISI’s interest in trading (accused kidnapper of Wall Street Journal reporter) Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh for Daniel Pearl (the reporter) could indicate that sympathy for those groups continues to permeate the agency," it stresses.


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