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ISI Afflicted By Same Bungling And Corruption As Rest Of Pakistan Reveals New Book

New Delhi: Inter-Providers Intelligence, Pakistans spy company is troubled by the identical bungling and corruption as the remainder of the Pakistani state, based on a brand new guide.

The guide known as, “The Nine Lives of Pakistan”, has been authored by Declan Walsh, the Cairo bureau chief of the New York Occasions. He lined Pakistan for 9 years as a global correspondent for The Guardian first after which The Occasions, earlier than he was expelled from the nation.

Walsh says within the guide that in latest a long time, the ISI management has made a sequence of main miscalculations which have had grave penalties – not just for Pakistan, however for the spy company itself.

The guide factors to the truth that ISI makes use of worry as a weapon however its talents usually overestimated. “The ISI does little to dispute its reputation as an omnipotent force. Fear is a powerful weapon. But talk of a ‘rogue agency’ is misplaced, and its abilities are frequently overestimated. While it is effective on street level, and seen by Western spy agencies as superior to its Indian rival, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), the ISI is not a professional service in the mould of the CIA or Britain’s MI6,” based on the guide excerpts.

The military officers who run the company rotate out, each few years, to different branches of the army. “The organisation is afflicted by the same bungling and corruption as the rest of the Pakistani state. It has frequently lost control of its most dangerous assets – ‘Puppetmasters who can’t control their puppets,’ as Robert Grenier, a former CIA station chief in Islamabad, put it,” the guide says.

“And when it comes to analysis, the ISI has a poor record. ‘They saw everything through pre-determined ideological prisms, rather like the KBG during the Cold War,’ a senior British official who worked with the ISI for decades told me. ‘Frankly,’ he added. ‘None of their analysis was worth the paper it was written on’,” it provides.

Walsh talks in regards to the ISI tailing him and his associates and friends. There have been heavy handed techniques utilized by ISI on Walsh’s colleagues. “Of course, I was a foreign correspondent; different rules applied to Pakistanis. One reporter who worked with me was abducted by masked men and taken to a safe house, where he was interrogated, punched and had cigarettes stubbed out on his chest. When his assailants dumped him on a roadside the following morning, they warned that if he went public about his experience, they would rape his wife and post a video of the assault on YouTube. The reporter and his family now live in Switzerland,” the guide says.

Walsh recounts that members of Indian media have been routinely adopted. “On the evening I celebrated my thirty-sixth birthday, I counted three sets of intelligence operatives loitering outside the gate: one for an Indian reporter (members of the Indian media were tailed as a matter of course), another for a Pashtun guest (I later learned the Pakistanis suspected him of spying for the CIA), and the third set for a Pakistani journalist who worked with me,” he provides.

(IANS)

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