…of the ISI
The ISI, jihadi leaders and the Pakistani army have over the years been inextricably linked, especially in Afghanistan. Now that two key jihadi figures, Khalil and Akhtar, have been arrested, it can easily be deduced that the story of their involvement, and the quest to stamp out the jihadi movement at its heart, will not end with them being incarcerated: there has always been someone in the Pakistani establishment, whether active or retired, to pull the strings, as was the case with Khalil and Akhtar, and with Bakhat Zameen Khan.
Now, with the arrest of the the jihadi leaders, the “cover” has been broken and there is little place left for the “operators behind the scenes” to hide.
As long as Khalil and Akhtar remain in the hands of Pakistani authorities, cats will remain firmly within their bags.