Whopping bounty over top extremists points towards failure of Pak intelligence agenciesMay 30th, 2009 - 3:36 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, May 30 (ANI): The Pakistan government’s announcement of hefty bounties on several top Taliban commanders proves that the country’s intelligence agencies have failed completely to hunt down the extremists and destroy their networks.
It also proves that none of the top militant leaders have been apprehended or killed.
Announcing huge head-money on the key militant figures, itself proves that Islamabad has no information about their whereabouts.
It may be noted that the government had changed the bounty of five million rupees on Malakand Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah to 50 million rupees.
One of the prime reasons of the failure of intelligence agencies is that several below average defence and police officers have been deployed in leading spy agencies of the country, undermining their importance, and thus rendering them incompetent, The News reports.
“Without talented and career officers, the field intelligence apparatus of the country cannot meet the challenge they are entrusted,” sources said.
Besides this, the Inter State Intelligence (ISI), which is a civilian agency, is completely commanded by the Pakistan Army.
Similarly, another civilian agency, the Intelligence Bureau (IB), lacks efficiency and is in a bad shape.
Thus, it seems that the Pakistan government had no prior information about the whereabouts of Maulana Fazlullah, Muslim Khan and other militant leaders at the time it launched the Swat operation, which has rendered over three million people homeless, the report concluded. (ANI)
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