What could you tell us in this open session about
the ISI and their double game strategy as some people have called it,
in cooperating with terrorist elements? I know it's not the whole ISI
but possibly just corrupt elements or individuals within it?
Ever since I began working on this difficult
issue, I've been well aware of the allegations to which you refer, and
we have looked into them very carefully in the first 100 days of this
administration. I have had lengthy talks with the director of ISI,
General Pasha who is in Washington today and who I hope will get a
chance to meet with some of you. General Pasha wishes to state and
would tell you if he were here that ISI does not do these things
anymore. But he does not deny nor does anyone else that in the old
days, ISI and the American intelligence services worked together to
set up some of the organizations which have now turned against the
United States. And there may be some serious legacy issues.
It concerns me greatly and we need to put the most heavy possible
pressure on our friends in Pakistan to join us in the fight against
the Taliban and its allies. We cannot succeed in Afghanistan without
Pakistan's support and involvement, and that means working with the
Army and the intelligence services in that regard.