Former Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh has claimed that the Taliban are micromanaged by Pakistan’s infamous intelligence agency, the ISI, adding that Islamabad runs the war-ravaged country effectively as a colonial power.
In an article in the Daily Mail, Saleh, who has declared himself acting president of Afghanistan and now leads the Resistance Front against the Taliban in the Panjshir Valley, that the Taliban spokesman receives instructions from the Pakistani embassy literally hourly.
“It is the Pakistanis who are in charge as a colonial power. But this won’t last long… They may have territorial control, but as our history has shown, control over land does not necessarily mean control over the people or stability,” said Saleh, an outspoken critic of Pakistan.
“Because the Taliban haven’t won hearts and minds. They’ve just exploited the flawed policies of a tired US president — not necessarily the United States itself — and they’re micro-managed by Pakistan’s infamous intelligence agency, the ISI. The spokesperson gets instructions literally hourly. from the Pakistani embassy,” he continued.
Pakistan and its infamous intelligence agency have been accused of supporting the Taliban in taking over Afghanistan.
Experts believe Pakistan has played a key role in removing the elected Afghan government from power and establishing the Taliban as a decisive force in Afghanistan. Recently, a UN monitoring report noted that a significant portion of Al-Qaeda’s leadership lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region.
In the piece, Saleh attacked the Western power, saying that Afghanistan’s betrayal by the West is colossal.
“For 20 years, Western leaders have promised not to stand on the Afghan constitution – and it is the spirit of that constitution that I have carried in my heart here to the Panjshir Valley. Now those of us here are fighting for the promise retain those in it”, he notes.
Saleh called on Western countries to push for a political settlement with the Taliban, a settlement supported by the Afghan people and the international community.
“I call on the West not only to give us moral and – where possible – material support, but also to take this opportunity to press for a political settlement with the Taliban, a settlement supported by the Afghan people and the international community.” he writes.
“Morally, the West owes this to every Afghan. I’m not begging them to save me. I’m asking them to save face, save their dignity, save their reputation and credibility,” he added.