ISI has infiltrated US thinktanks, Pak scholar says.
Peregrine wrote:ATTENTION : B-R F EXALTED GURUS :
I trust the following thought has occurred to all of you just as it has occurred to me :
Your attention ha been drawn to Ayesha Siddiqa’s Tweet in respect of the ISI having succeeded in infiltrating various US Think Tanks.
Of course some of my contacts agree that “Others” have but “They” are not!
One must now think hard of the repercussions of Ayesha Siddiqa’s Tweet in respect of Indian Think Tanks, Intelligence Agencies, Wagha Kandle Kissers Klan, Intelligentsia, Media, Political Parties and etc., etc., & etc. with the Infiltration of ISI in India.
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A prominent anti-establishment scholar in Pakistan has caused a flutter in Washington by suggesting that the country's spy outfit Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has infiltrated thinktanks in the US capital.
Ayesha Siddiqa, a political commentator and former bureaucrat, whose expose of Pakistan's military-intelligence's stranglehold on the country was chronicled in her book 'Military Inc', shocked regional experts with a tweet on Thursday, relating how a Pakistani diplomat had confided to an American six years ago that the ISI had set up funds to infiltrate DC (Washington) thinktanks and ''finally did it.''
''The only problem with this approach is they are sending unqualified people (mostly) to compete with Indians in the US,'' Siddiqa continued, adding, ''non-PhDs'' without any publication record will not be taken seriously in the US capital. She also named Moeed Yusuf, a senior Pakistan expert at the US Institute of Peace and Arif Rafique, an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute, in her tweets.
Rafique countered her charges by initially saying, "I respect you and your work. Please don't make false insinuations about me.'' But when Siqqiqa shot back with ''False? DC humming with your name,'' he fired back with, ''Sad that an intelligent person like yourself has become a miserable conspiracy theorist. You should be ashamed of your lies.''
Siddiqa maintained that her ''only concern is if they have 2 do it then send ppl with capacity or grow ppl inside the system'' and said the ''current plan is flop.'' For thinktanks, ''the main issue is money, whoever can put down a grant gets the slot,'' she said, explaining how Pakistan was making inroads into think tanks.
There has indeed been a perceptible increase in Pakistani experts in US thinktanks and universities over the past decade, particularly after the country's association with the so-called war on terror, including its reputation as the haven for terrorists. Among the prominent Pakistani scholars in Washington DC are Shuja Nawaz, director of the South Asia Center at Atlantic Council (This the same Council which is holding the India-Pakistan Track II Tamasha where willing Indian Collaborators and Jaichands are in competition to sell out India and push the pakistani agenda
) who incidentally is the brother of former army chief Asif Nawaz Janjua and several former Pakistani diplomats who have rotated in an out of the city.
Former Pakistan ambassadors to US such as Hussain Haqqani and Maleeha Lodhi have done stints at thinktanks, as have former generals-turned-diplomats, notably Jehangir Karamat and Mahmud Ali Durrani. Siddiqa herself served as a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University.
In 2009, Pakistanis helped raise money for a Pakistan studies ''chair'' at the University of Texas in Austin, named after a US Congressman who was a great fan and supporter of the country's role in the 1980s Afghan conflict, although he was disillusioned about the whole affair when he died in 2010.
"While Hollywood may profit from valorizing Wilson's role in the Soviet-Afghan war, the concerns of a flagship, state-funded academic institution should be to maintain high scholarly standards and to avoid participating in historical caricature," the scholars wrote, referring to the movie "Charlie Wilson's War," and adding, "Wilson's central involvement in the cold war in South Asia does not warrant the honor of establishing a University chair in his name." Nothing further has been heard about the Chair since then and the University website does not list any incumbent scholar.
The ISI has already gotten into trouble before for subverting U.S political process when it was accused of funding Ghulam Nabi Fai, a Kashmiri separatist in Washington who was eventually convicted of illegal lobbying after receiving slush funds from Pakistani intelligence agency. The Obama administration cut some slack to the notorious outfit that is often said to work against U.S interests because it thinks it needs its cooperation on various fronts.For an idea to know how rabid and true pakis these so called US based "analysts" and "experts" are i would suggest watching the various Pakistani current affairs programs. Pukis have developed a strong pipleline of upcoming Moeed Pirzada's and Ejaz Haider's.