Within 24 hours of Pakistan’s announcement of a plan for Afghanistan with a motive to control the economy of the war-ravaged country, it has now taken control of the country’s classified data. The development follows the cancellation of a plan by the Taliban to inaugurate the newly-appointed interim government on 11 September, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the US. The interim government was announced on 7 September.
According to a report by CNN-News18, three C170 planes that arrived with humanitarian aid for Kabul the day before yesterday went back with bags full of classified documents.
An official, who is working with a former national security adviser, said that these were classified documents taken by Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Most of these documents are NDS classified documents, hard disks and other digital records.
Top sources said Pakistan would decipher the data for ISI use. This may pose a major security threat not only to India but also to American interests. This will make the Taliban government dependent on Pakistan, sources added.
Sources said further the data was live because the US-trained Afghanistan government had not anticipated a takeover such as the one unleashed by the Taliban. The military group, however, did not have any control over these documents, as employees in charge of the data had not returned to work, sources said.
The movement of documents was coordinated by Pakistan’s Afghanistan ambassador Mansoor Ahmed, sources said.
Pakistani presence in the Afghan army, as well as intelligence, is evidence of Islamabad’s bid to handhold the new Taliban regime, observers in Kabul say.
The neighbouring countries have decided to conduct bilateral trade in Pakistani rupees. Earlier, the Taliban used the US dollar for bilateral trade with Pakistan. The Afghan currency was powerful. Through this move, Pakistan’s currency will enjoy a vice-like grip over the business community of Afghanistan.
Previously this week, ISI chief Hamid Faiz was in Kabul as Pakistan was looking for some leverage in the new Taliban regime. The aim is to get the Haqqani network in the running to revamp the Afghan army, which is in a shambles after the Taliban takeover.
The comity of nations views ISI as a patron of the Haqqani network, which happens to be a group designated as a terrorist outfit by both the UN and the US. Sirajuddin Haqqani, who headed the feared Haqqani network, now holds the key post of interior minister of Afghanistan.