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Who’ll Do It In ISI’s Case?

by on 04/29/2009

Pakistan Zindabaad!!The U.S. President visited CIA headquarters and praised the agency despite its history of supporting proxy militias worldwide and its role in official torture of detainees. The U.S. President did this to underscore the crucial role of the agency in protecting America’s national security. In Pakistan, the ISI faces a dirty attack by CIA cohorts in the mainstream American media. But no one in Islamabad steps up to defend the national intelligence agencies. If anything, we have ambassadors in the Pakistan Foreign Office who think they represent Washington or London and who have been seen criticizing Pakistani spy organizations in important capitals [The].

By Makhdoom Babar
Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Mail.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009.


, PakistanTHE US President Barack Obama, while visiting the CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, made a comprehensive speech the other day. In his speech, while addressing the personnel of the CIA, the US President appreciated their professionalism and working abilities. The US President further encouraged the CIAstaff by giving them assurances that he will not only do everything to strengthen them but would also defend the Agency at every level and forum and against every criticism.


Such moves are very vital and of a very high importance to boost the morale of an intelligence agency, particularly, when it is engaged in a state of war. The wise leaders miss no opportunity to encourage and strengthen the secret agencies of their countries as they firmly believe that their top intelligence agencies are guarantors of the security and solidarity of their countries and thus it becomes necessary for the national leaders not only to make all out efforts to strengthen and encourage their intelligence organizations and their officials but also to defend them, especially in the face of unwarranted and malicious attacks launched by foreign powers with their own agendas.

Unfortunately, the opposite is happening in Pakistan. Apart from the tenure of former President Musharraf, no leader, during the last 15 to 20 years, has even attempted to do for country’s first defense line, the ISI, what leaders like Obama have been doing for years and years. To the contrary, many of our politicians/leaders have seen the ISI as a threat to their absolute rule during their respective tenures, perhaps because they always thought this agency was the only countercheck on their wrongdoings. Instead of strengthening and defending this top national security organization, these politicians/leaders opted to weaken and demoralize ISI and its fine officers, men and women. Sometime a civilian was made the head of this otherwise military organization, sometimes it was attempted to put it under the command of Ministry of Interior, sometimes attempts were made to control the funding of the agency and sometimes its chief was ordered to go and give explanation to the traditional enemy, India.

The Daily Mail asks: Can any sane leadership in any other country take such highly insane steps and that too against a national organization considered to be the first line of defense of the country? The Daily Mail argues whether any national leader contemplate such steps?

The Daily Mail here would like to urge upon the national leaders, both in government and opposition, that they should under the given circumstance come forward clearly and try to strengthen and defend this vital security agency with full trust, confidence and clear intentions. Instead of issuing textbook media statement in support of ISI, they must come up with clear heads and words. It is their responsibility to confront all the media and official criticism on ISI from the West and Indiaand rather not to join them in the chorus. It is their primary responsibility to highlight the achievements of the ISI in anti-terror war, it is their basic obligation that they should underline the sacrifices that this agency’s personnel have made to ensure global and regional peace and it is their duty to seek respect and trust for this agency that, under the day, has emerged as the entire world’s first defense line.

Our leaders should keep in mind one factor very clearly that if they need to strengthen their democratic institution, they first need to strengthen the national institutions because if the national institutions are not strong, it is a clear indication that country’s solidarity is at stake and if the country’s solidarity is at stake, what talk of democracy and democratic institutions.

These leaders must remember that starting from CIA’s failures in Vietnam through the worst intelligence debacles of missing the Indian nuclear tests the and movement of Russian troops into Afghanistan, no US leader has ever gone against the CIAand instead they have always been defending their top national security agency with full heart and maximum force at every level and against every criticism.

The Daily Mail is the only Pakistani daily newspaper that publishes two editions simultaneously from Beijingand Islamabad. Mr. Babar can be reached at

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