WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI has connections with terrorist groups and runs its own foreign policy, a top US general said on Tuesday.
Pakistan has denied the US’s allegations, which could possibly be the strongest indictment of the support that the Pakistan’s spy agency provides to terrorist groups.India and Afghanistan have also been time and again charging their neighbour Pakistan with similar allegations.
“I think it’s clear to me that the ISI has connections with terrorist groups,” General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff told members of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a Congressional hearing. He was responding to a question from Senator Joe Donnelly.Donnelly had asked Dunford if he thought the ISI was still helping the Taliban.
Over the past several years, Dunford said, the US has had a bilateral approach to trying to effect a change in Pakistan’s behaviour.He, however, added he does not think that there is one thing that would change Pakistan’s behaviour.Dunford hoped that a multilateral approach might help in bringing changes in Pakistan’s behaviour.The top American general was joined by his defence secretary Jim Mattis in slamming the ISI.