Pakistan's ISI has links with Haqqani militants: U.S.

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 20, 2011 11:01 AM
Pakistan's ISI has links with Haqqani militants: U.S.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer said Pakistan's intelligence agency still has ties to militants fighting in Afghanistan, during a trip to Islamabad on Wednesday that was focused on fence-mending in the wake of diplomatic tensions.

"The ISI has a long-standing relationship with the Haqqani network. That doesn't mean everyone in the ISI, but it's there," Admiral Mike Mullen, chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, in an interview with Pakistan's Geo TV.

Pakistan's powerful Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has long been suspected of maintaining ties to the Haqqani network, cultivated during the 1980s when Jalaluddin Haqqani was a feared battlefield commander against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Chris Allbritton)