On 25th July 2010 Wikileaks released a document set called the Afghan War Diary, an extraordinary compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010. The reports, written by soldiers and intelligence officers and mainly describing lethal military actions involving the United States military, also includes intelligence information, reports of meetings with political figures, and related details.
Wikileaks is an international organization, based in Sweden, which publishes anonymous submissions and leaks of otherwise unavailable documents while preserving the anonymity of sources. They launched their website in 2006. It is listed as a charity.
The leaks state that Pakistan has been playing a “double game” allowing “representatives of its spy service to meet directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions to organise networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders.” The leaks also state that US has all this while been aware of Pakistan’s links to the al Qaeda but has not acted on the information. Is devastating information has managed to confirm the enduring suspicion that Afghanistan, India and a number of Nations have harboured for long. “The Afghan government is shocked with the report that has opened the reality of the Afghan war,” said Siamak Herawi, a government spokesman of Afganistan. Pakistan has, as expected, rubbished the accusations. General Hamid Gul, infamously known as the Father of Taliban and the former head of ISI has said that there is no truth in these reports. White House on the other hand is busy expressing displeasure with Wikileaks for now. US National Security Advisor General James Jones, in his press statement, says, “The United States strongly condemns the disclosure of classified information by individuals and organizations which could put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk, and threaten our national security.”
The corroboration of al Qaeda’s link to ISI, as established by the leaks, ascertains the involvement of official agencies in promoting terror. While Zardari is busy appeasing the US by building bilateral relations with Afganistan and claiming to fight terror, the ISI is lending substantial material support to the international Islamic terror outfits. Furthermore, the fact that US has all this while been aware of Pakistani double standards towards Afganistan and terror reveals the callous nature of the Afgan War. It is evident that there are interests of strategic domination, personal gain and perfidy at play that have cost innocents lives. Pakistan is ready to wreck havoc in Afganistan and the region by supporting the Taliban only to further its endeavour of dominating its neighbours in order to achieve the larger objective of marginalising India. The scenario clearly
vindicates the long looming belief or fear of Pakistan’s transition into a jihadi state, the ramifications of which to international security (especially India) need no elaboration.
With this devastating information made public, a worried world awaits the US answer. “The United States is overdue on the ISI issue, and now the United States should answer,” says Herawi, whose country is the biggest victim of the international alliances’ farce and parody of combating terror. Meanwhile, debate over the importance of revelations has sprung up. In his article in The New York Times, Andrew Exum, a researcher on Afganistan and columnist says, “I have seen nothing in the documents that has either surprised me or told me anything of significance. I suspect that’s the case even for someone who reads only a third of the articles on Afghanistan in his local newspaper.” Clearly, for someone like him who has spent years studying Afgansitan the leaks are not outrageous enough but the fact remains that the allegations made in the leaks have managed to upset the dirt shoved under the carpet. Aware as we might be of these uncanny associations, Wikileaks has certainly managed to bring the so far taken for granted truth out in the open, thus concretizing the facts.
The facts emerging from the leaks call for some serious introspection. Are the ever pervasive issues of people’s security and a nation harbouring terrorists not enough a reason for the world to worry and feel deceived by powers pretending to safeguard human lives against the terror network. Is it not very clear that while the security of Afganistan is the biggest concern, the danger Pakistan poses to the neighbouring countries and international order in general cannot be overlooked.
India as an established regional power has to show serious concern about the mess that is being created in Afghanistan which has been amply clarified by the leaks. There is no doubt whatsoever about the end state that Pakistan is looking at nor about the serious security threat that will be posed upon India should that end state be achieved. The leaks have established that the end state is within Pakistan’s reach because of the inept handling of the situation by the US and its allies. We may soon have to contend with a more belligerent Pakistan duly supported by a resurgent Taliban. India has to ensure that those who have created the mess also clear the same failing which the Nation will face a serious security threat that will bleed its resources and seriously dent its march towards becoming a vibrant world power.
For India, an
ally of the US the latter’s indulgence in double standards is clearly not comforting. Hence, in the middle of all the chaos, it is quite in order to state that the security of United States of America is the last thing that we should be worrying about. It is time to wake up or perish.