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    ISI closes its political wing!

    DAWN.COM | Pakistan | ISI closes its political wing

    ISLAMABAD: In a move which may have far reaching effects on the country’s politics and democratic set-up, the premier intelligence agency, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), has decided to disband its so-called ‘political wing’ that for the last over three decades had been actively involved in monitoring and managing political activities inside and outside the government.

    A highly authoritative source told DawnNews that not only the ‘political wing’ was being disbanded, the officials working there have been given other assignments linked to the agency’s original role of counter-intelligence.

    The source said with this decision taken at the highest level, the ISI would now be able to deal with more pressing issues like handling the crucial aspects of the war against terror.

    Until recently, the so-called ‘political wing’ used to work under ISI’s Director General (C) which otherwise also deals with counter-intelligence activities.

    With this decision taken at the top level, and implemented by the newly appointed ISI chief, the agency has dissociated itself from making or breaking of political parties and alliances.

    ‘Following this decision, the ISI will be no more spying on politicians, and will play no role in manoeuvring or manipulating political activities in the country,’ the source said.

    By now it had become common knowledge that the so-called ‘political wing’, whose existences was otherwise never officially acknowledged, was manned by a brigadier, two colonels and a number of other junior military and civil officials, who would now be absorbed in other departments of the agency.

    Although the ‘wing’ was associated with several controversial activities in the past, including the creation of an anti-Benazir Bhutto alliance in 1988, more recently it played a vital role in the 2002 general elections and helped the then president Pervez Musharraf in fulfilling his political objectives and formation of a coalition government with new factions of PML.

    The source said the decision had been conveyed to the political leadership of the country and they had been told that the agency should not be approached for any political motive.
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    Excellent news (if true)! This may lead towards true democracy, now what we need is law enforcement agencies and independent (and honest) judiciary to support the system.

    What do you all think?
    saaray Pakistan ka ek hi naara: ehtasab ehtasab!

    #2
    Great news for sure.
    Pakistan has suffered tremendously due to ISI generals running their own policies instead of elected governments.
    "Ana mazloom hussein"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA1L18wKHzY&feature=related
    http://www.tebyan.net/Religion_Thoughts/Articles/Miscellaneous/2008/1/29/59771.html

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      #3
      Re: ISI closes its political wing!

      Excellent news. I am saying that because this 'political' wing never had any principles to begin with. They would join forces with whoever they deemed necessary, even if it was anti-Pakistani parties like the MQM. Its about time, really! I just hope this is true, and not just a kaghazi news to please the west.

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        #4
        Re: ISI closes its political wing!

        ^true

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          #5
          Re: ISI closes its political wing!

          ISI closing its political wing a.k.a MQM-H?
          wow

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            #6
            Re: ISI closes its political wing!

            Originally posted by Robert View Post
            ISI closing its political wing a.k.a MQM-H?
            wow
            ^ Nope, this was the same ISI, whose name alone would cause Altaf Hussain to wet his pants.

            This is for you rob:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HADpR2foTO0

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              #7
              Originally posted by Data View Post
              I am saying that because this 'political' wing never had any principles to begin with. They would join forces with whoever they deemed necessary, even if it was anti-Pakistani parties like the MQM.
              no wonder Altaf Hussain had wet pants.

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                #8
                Had Zulifiqar Ali Bhutto been alive, he would have been really disappointed by this move. It wasn’t until the iron rule of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his Pakistan People’s Party that the ISI’s ‘political wing’ became an official entity. Under Mr Bhutto, the ISI and the dreaded Federal Security Force were used to target political opponents in clear contravention of the government’s democratic mandate.
                " Judges give justice, not interviews" - Rana Bhagwandas, 21 March 2007.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Aalsi View Post
                  Had Zulifiqar Ali Bhutto been alive, he would have been really disappointed by this move. It wasn’t until the iron rule of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his Pakistan People’s Party that the ISI’s ‘political wing’ became an official entity. Under Mr Bhutto, the ISI and the dreaded Federal Security Force were used to target political opponents in clear contravention of the government’s democratic mandate.

                  This is very bad my friend, very bad .... On a side note democratic mandate! what democratic mandate?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Robert View Post
                    no wonder Altaf Hussain had wet pants.
                    He regained control of his excretions after 2002 though.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Aalsi View Post
                      It wasn’t until the iron rule of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his Pakistan People’s Party that the ISI’s ‘political wing’ became an official entity.
                      That seems to be the truth. It was ZA Bhutto who used ISI for political purposes the first time.
                      "Ana mazloom hussein"
                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA1L18wKHzY&feature=related
                      http://www.tebyan.net/Religion_Thoughts/Articles/Miscellaneous/2008/1/29/59771.html

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Robert View Post
                        ISI closing its political wing a.k.a MQM-H?
                        wow
                        If MQM-H is a political wing then so is MQM, PML-N, PML-Q and many other, btw we are not talking about ISI children
                        saaray Pakistan ka ek hi naara: ehtasab ehtasab!

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                          #13
                          Re: ISI closes its political wing!

                          What about Afghan wing? That's where the rot is.

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                            #14
                            Army Generals will never let take their greedy hands off the countries democracy.

                            They wil continue to destabilise governments, support the worst politcians in order to give democracy a bad name, and continue to fill their corrupt pockets

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                              #15
                              ^ very true.

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