Taliban leaders heading for a meeting. (File Photo: afghanistantimes)
KABUL: A Taliban official has revealed the group’s secret ties with Pakistani intelligence agency (ISI). In a letter to the media, the official said that he was invited to the Qatar’s peace meeting by the Emirate.
However, he said, when he arrived in Qatar, the situation was worse than Quetta, Pakistan. The official added that the ISI has still had its role among the Taliban’s members.
Mullah Baradar, head of the Taliban Qatar-based political office, has remaine din the front but behind the walls, it was the ISI at the back. In fact, he revealed that the ISI was the decision maker of the Taliban’s office.
The letters says that the ISI had open access to the member of the group’s political office. It also said that the Taliban representatives were walking freely inside the Pakistani Embassy in Qatar.
He, in the letter, further stated that the members of the office were spying for ISI against each other. In the letter, he has said that the Taliban members were not free of fraud and corruption.
According to him, the Taliban representatives had appointed them in the Qatar office. The letter further said that the peace deal was initially supposed to be signed by Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai. However, the the ISI replaced him with Baradar as signatory.
The Qatari officials and Taliban’s authorities came and briefed Baradar about the summit in which US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also present.
(With inputs from Agencies)