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July 30, 2011

Former ISI Chief: No Pakistani including Dr. Aafia was handed over to the US

South Asia News Agency

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Former Director General ISI General (retd) Ehsan-ul-Haq has said that Pakistan had not handed over any Pakistani to America including Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and Saifullah Paracha.

He said that Dr. Aafia was in Pakistan till 2008 and some people also met with her in Islamabad.

He said that if we had not rendered support to America after 9/11, we would have faced a very dangerous situation, adding that whichever government was present it would have done the same which was done by the government of Pervez Musharraf.
He said this while talking with a private TV channel, adding that the world had collectively established the structure of Jihad for fighting against Russia and 'Al-Qaeda', the Taliban was born as a result of that structure.

He said the whole world was responsible for gathering Muslims from all over and training them for Jihad.

He said that there is a misperception that Pakistan organized the Taliban adding that better relations with Afghanistan are in Pakistan’s interest and it is also the country's need. He also said that it is wrong that we left Taliban alone and started supporting the US upon one call from Washington.

General Ehsan-ul-Haq said that we sent many delegations to Afghanistan which met with Mullah Umer and told him that he should review his policies and change them.

Replying to a question, he said that I also heard that the DG ISI of that time Gen. Mehmood told Mullah Umer to take a stand against the US, we are with you. However according to him such a statement was never issued.

The retired General said that after the attack of America on Afghanistan, he took charge as DG ISI at a time when they were sure of Afghanistan's destabilization, adding that the impact also had to be tasted by Pakistan also.

He said that we tried our best to reduce the time of war in Afghanistan and that he and Saudi Arabia's then Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal jointly floated a suggestion in front of the US, Britain and France to stop the war as soon as possible and introduce a political system in Afghanistan.

Commenting further, the retired General added that the US wanted to create a "Spider Group" with the help of some retired officers of the Pakistan military (as previously mentioned by Lt. Gen. (R) Hamid Gul also). He said we refused this suggestion strictly and informed the Americans that it is a red line and if you try to cross it, both of us will go our separate ways.

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