Pakistani troops attacking Western forces, says daily

June 22nd, 2008 - 6:42 pm ICT by IANS  

London, June 22 (IANS) Pakistani soldiers, “infiltrated and influenced” by Taliban militants, are joining in attacks on Western coalition forces, a newspaper reported Sunday quoting classified US documents. The Observer quoted US ‘after-action’ reports to say Pakistan’s Frontier Corps have launched direct attacks on the Afghan army and US-led coalition forces.

The reports, compiled after clashes on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, are regarded as deeply sensitive by the Pentagon, the newspaper said.

It quoted unnamed people familiar with the material as saying there were “box loads” of such reports at US bases along the length of the Pakistan-Afghan border.

The documents also detail attacks launched so close to Frontier Corps outposts that Pakistani cooperation with the Taliban is assumed.

The Observer quoted NATO spokesman James Appathurai as saying: “The real concern is that the extremists in Pakistan are getting safe havens to rest, recuperate and retool in Pakistan and come across the border. The concerns have been conveyed to the Pakistan authorities.”

It quoted a source familiar with the situation on the ground as saying, “The reality is that there are units so opposed to what the coalition is doing and so friendly to the other side that when the opportunity comes up they will fire on Afghan and coalition troops. And this is not random. It can be exceptionally well co-ordinated.”

The paper said members of the Frontier Corps personnel have in the past been implicated in murdering US and Afghan officers. Last year, a Frontier Corps member “assassinated” Major Larry J. Bauguess during a border mediation meeting.

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