September 28, 2011
“If we talk about links, I am sure the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) also has links with many terrorist organizations around the world, by which we mean intelligence links,” Khar said in an interview with Al Jazeera news channel on Monday.
The Pakistani foreign minister, who leads Islamabad’s delegation to the UN General Assembly in New York, pointed to the al-Qaeda-affiliated Haqqani group and added that “this particular network, which the United States continues to talk about, is a network which was the blue-eyed boy of the CIA itself for many years.”
The remarks come as the outgoing US Joint Chief of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen claimed on Thursday that Pakistan’s spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), was supporting the Taliban-allied Haqqani network of militants, which has been blamed for a recent assault on the US embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
“The Haqqani network, for one, acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency,” Mullen asserted in a recent testimony to the US Senate Armed Services Committee.