Rigi met US, Indian envoys in Afghanistan before arrest
February 25, 2010 1 Comment
ISLAMABAD – The presence of Jundullah’s top man Abdol Malek Rigi in Afghanistan, a day prior to his arrest, is seen as part of covert meetings between US and Indian diplomats with Taliban and some unidentified leaders.
This newspaper, earlier, first published a story on January 30 last and a subsequent story on February 7 that a series of covert meetings were taking place between US and Indian diplomats with Taliban leaders, however, the whereabouts and origins of these leaders could not be ascertained due to the lack of sufficient details and highly covert manner in which these meetings were arranged.
UN based sources in Afghanistan informed this scribe on Wednesday that they were frequently getting reports regarding the presence of top brass of some banned outfits including those jihadi outfits the chiefs of which had lucrative head-moneys and were involved in terrorist activities in this region. Although the exact details regarding the visits of Abdol Malek Rigi to Afghanistan at any specific venue are still required because of his “lack of facial familiarity and acquaintance” within the locals, yet his frequent covert visits remained under heated discussions in informed Afghan quarters lately.
The fact stands undisputed that CIA had very strong links with Jundullah and was actively backing its operations against Shiite Muslims in Iran as well as in different parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Stealthy visits of the banned militants in Afghanistan, off and on, have much to do with the incompetence of Afghan government and active collusion of US and India using Afghanistan as cross-border militancy card against Pakistan.
Just recently, the arrests of three top leaders of Taliban by Pakistani authorities were not welcomed by Afghanistan and India at all, and soon after these arrests that had been termed by Pakistani authorities as a major breakthrough in combating militancy, voices were heard from New Delhi and Kabul that the pertinent development was a major blow to ‘peace efforts’ and arrested brass was presumably willing for talks with Afghanistan government! This policy of cribbing from both these states reflects the malice on part of Afghanistan that blindly follows the dictates of US and its cronies to avail of every bid that undermines Pakistan’s dignity.
In addition, the role of controversial individuals like Robert Baer who call the shots in US affairs regarding Gulf, Middle East and South Asia is yet another reason in support of the argument that CIA has strong links with banned outfits like Jundullah posing grave threat to regional peace. Robert Baer, who currently serves as an advisor to US government on this region, has very strong influence in US foreign policy regarding South Asia and Middle East. Also, Baer, some years ago, had served as ‘field officer’ or in other words as a US spy in Afghanistan.
Strangely enough, Baer admits of CIA’s contacts with Jundullah, but says that these contacts had been confined to ‘intelligence-gathering’ and Iran was in direct knowledge of this affair, an assertion strongly denied by Iran. Recently, he was quoted as saying that Bush administration was actively looking forward to enhance interactions with Jundullah “but the idea was quickly dropped because Jundullah was judged controllable and too close to al-Qaeda” Robert recalls.
After Robert Baer’s assignment was over in Afghanistan and he was called back due to some administrative reasons, his duties were no longer required and Baer was discarded in a manner CIA usually metes out at all those who it deems useless. However, the infuriated Baer, who felt being dejected started publishing ‘revengeful’ stuff against CIA in a weekly, and was later given the position that he currently holds, to keep his mouth shut.
Another former CIA spy Art Keller has also recently confessed that CIA had sent some 100 agents in Afghanistan to hunt Osama bin Laden. Keller says that the role of these agents was to curb militancy, but under the light of some startling revelations by some ‘hostile’ spies of CIA with related stories already published in this newspaper, it is too obvious to determine as to what exactly was assigned to the ‘heaps’ of CIA’s agents in the garb of hunting Osama other than strengthening terrorist organisations to destabilise Pakistan and Iran, and enhancing security concerns for China.