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Taliban commanders claim being trained and armed by ISI

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Taliban commanders claim being trained and armed by ISI
  • Taliban commanders claim being trained and armed by ISI
    Taliban commanders claim being trained and armed by ISI

    London: Taliban commanders have claimed that they get weapons and training from the ISI. Taliban commanders revealed this in an interview to BBC.

    The first part of the two parts documentary titled ‘Secret Pakistan’ by BBC was broadcasted on Wednesday.

    One commander, Mullah Qaseem, told the BBC that Pakistan not only provided them with a place to hide but also provided them with arms and ammunitions.

    Other commanders claimed that they received practical training on Pakistani soil by the members of the ISI.

    Commander Najib, said “al Qaeda trainers also operated in the camps, talent spotting possible suicide bombers.”

    “I was in the camp for a month … They were giving us practical training in whatever weapons we specialised in … suicide bombers were taken to a different section and kept apart from us. Those who were taught to be suicide bombers were there,” he said.

    A former head of Afghan intelligence told the BBC Afghan officials gave former president Pervez Musharraf information in 2006 suggesting Bin Laden was hiding in Mansehra, a town just 20 kilometres from Abbottabad, but that the information was not acted upon.

    Pakistan has strongly denied the allegations made in the programme.

    The chief military spokesperson, Maj-Gen Athar Abbas, told the BBC: “To say that these militant groups were being supported by the state with the organised camps in these areas…I think nothing could be further from the truth.”

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