NEW DELHI: Pakistani spy agency ISI sheltered Taliban leader Mullah Omar alias Umar Mujahid after he had run away from Afghanistan in late 2002, reveals an email dated August 25, 2010, that was received by the then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This is the second most shocking revelation after slain al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden was found to be staying in Abbottabad.
Pakistan had denied ISI links with the Taliban chief, who allegedly died at a Karachi Hospital in 2013. However, the email from Sidney Blumenthal, a close aide of Hillary, nails Pakistani state actors.
The subject of the email, which had an article on Taliban as attachment, is self explanatory ‘worth reading, even if you know the intel’.
“H (Hillary), I’m sure you know the facts in this well informed piece, how Mullah Omar was saved by ISI, for example, but the idea of Afghanistan as an aspect of Indo-Pak war is the best and overarching strategic concept,” it said. The email is part of thousands of documents and communication released by the US State Department on August 31.
There is another interesting email from Samuel Berger, who served as then US President Bill Clinton’s National Security Adviser but it appears that he was also giving advice to Hillary when she became Secretary of State.
In an email dated October 3, 2009, Berger told Hillary that Pakistan may selectively target al-Qaeda, but will be reluctant to target the terror outfit where it is nestled with groups they want to cultivate in the event, the US leaves Afghanistan as they need influence. The mail makes a startling revelation that some Pak officers may be hand in glove with terrorists.