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  • ?We Protect the Taliban?

    Expect to hear thudding sounds as things hit the fan in the next few day.

    A news article* claims the January capture of Abdul Ghani Baradar, operational commander for the Taliban, wasn’t a serendipitous event, as it has been portrayed. Some Pakistanis are now either (take your pick): 1. admitting they set up Baradar’s arrest because he was cutting them out of a peace deal in Afghanistan or 2. rewriting history to inflate Pakistan’s influence in the region.

    The most provocative comments are in a quote from an unidentified Pakistani security official, which includes the sentences, “We protect the Taliban. They are dependent on us.”

    Here is the paragraph containing those statements and the one that follows it in the article, expressing a different view (italics added to distinguish the passage taken from the article).

    “We picked up Baradar and the others because they were trying to make a deal without us,” said a Pakistani security official, who, like numerous people interviewed about the operation, spoke anonymously because of the delicacy of relations between Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States. “We protect the Taliban. They are dependent on us. We are not going to allow them to make a deal with Karzai and the Indians.”

    Some American officials still insist that Pakistan-American cooperation is improving, and deny a central Pakistani role in Mr. Baradar’s arrest. They say the Pakistanis may now be trying to rewrite history to make themselves appear more influential.

    Click here to read the entire article by Dexter Filkins in The New York ...


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