Some democracies don’t coddleterror-supporting dictators.
President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan came to London today and found himself facing accusations that his country’s intelligence service had indirect ties to Al Qaeda.
A report of a leaked document, saying that Pakistan’s intelligence service indirectly supported the Taliban, played into the argument over the growing insurgency in Afghanistan, where both Britain and the United States have sent forces. The BBC said the document originated in the Defense Academy, a British research agency sponsored by the Ministry of Defense.
The document, details of which were broadcast on Wednesday night on BBC television, was quoted as saying that indirectly, Pakistan, through the security agency, “has been supporting terrorism and extremism, whether in London on 7/7 or in Afghanistan or Iraq.”
It said Pakistan’s security services played a “dual role,” combating terrorism while at the same time promoting an Islamic coalition called Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal “and so indirectly supporting the Taliban.”
“Pakistan is not currently stable but on the edge of chaos,” the document said, urging the dismantling of the security service. Echoing a recent American intelligence assessment, declassified this week, it also said the war in Iraq “has served to radicalize an already disillusioned youth, and Al Qaeda has given them the will, intent, purpose and ideology to act.”