Former Pentagon official Michael Maloof thinks that the US should not trust Pakistan as the US seeks to find a way in Afghanistan for intelligence purposes. According to Michael Maloof, Pakistan is “questionable.”
He made the comments during an interview to RT America where the host discussed the recent New York Times article on the CIA’s inability to retain spies.
The article, written by US security experts, claims that adversarial intelligence services in countries such as Russia, China, Iran, and Pakistan hunt down the CIA. In some cases, they also turn them into double agents. Former CIA officials revealed that Pakistan has been very successful in this regard.
Furthermore, the article claimed that since the US left Afghanistan, it faces pressure to “build and maintain networks of informants in Pakistan.”
Important to note, the US has no other option but Pakistan. The US, reportedly did approach Russia for bases as the pullout date neared. However, Russia’s response was “non-committal.”
Additionally, the US also approached Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. The US had access to that region in the early 2000s, but Uzbekistan “kicked it out” for interfering in domestic affairs.
It is important for the US that it gains some sort of covert backdoor access to Afghanistan. Therefore, Pakistan remains the only “dependable” option for the US, especially since Pakistan enjoys a close relationship with Afghanistan.
US lost $19 billion just in waste & fraud in #Afghanistan. That's more than the US foreign assistance to Pakistan in 20 years that "experts" keep complaining about.
There are a 100 reasons why the US failed in Afghanistan, Pakistan is not one of them. https://t.co/7EkpOBnmRZ
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Pakistan not trustworthy: Michael Maloof
On the point of the US relying on Pakistan to help infiltrate Afghanistan, Michael Maloof thinks it is not a good idea.
“If the US is indeed trying to find its way back in Afghanistan, even from the standpoint of gathering intel, is it wise to do this through Pakistan?” host Rick Sanchez asked.
“I don’t think so. I think Pakistan is questionable,” Michael Maloof responded.
He then said that the US did not even talk to Pakistan when it went into the country to terminate Osama Bin Laden.
“Because the US doesn’t trust Pakistan?” Rick Sanchez asked.
“Correct. Secondly, Pakistan created the Afghan-Taliban. How can you trust someone who uses them as a proxy in effect against India and Kashmir,” Michael Maloof added.
However, the accusations appear to be biased.
Important to note, more than once, the United Nations accused India of human rights violations in Kashmir. On several occasions, India has been exposed to conducting mass terror activities in IIOJK.
Furthermore, Pakistan did not solely “create” the Taliban. The Taliban rose in the ’90s owing to a power vacuum in Afghanistan after the Soviet defeat by the Mujahideen, who had the CIA’s backing.
"1982: CIA funds and trains Taliban after making them promise not to do anything bad." https://t.co/PfZaufHorB
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In addition, Pakistan remains the only country that consistently supported the US in its 20-year war against terror. Moreover, Pakistan has continuously called for peace in the region.