Saturday, August 2, 2008

Pakistan to 'weed out' Taliban sympathisers

Pakistan has promised to "weed out" elements sympathetic to the Taliban in one of its intelligence agencies, after a US claim of collusion that includes the agency's involvement in the bomb attack on India's embassy in Kabul last month, which left 58 dead.

Pakistani officials deny publicly such a link to the suicide bombing, but privately confirm that they too think elements within the Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI, were involved.

After seven years of praising Pakistan as one of its closest allies, the Bush administration is putting the squeeze on its government to confront the Taliban and al-Qaida forces based on its border more aggressively, or to allow US forces to cross the border from Afghanistan to do it.

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