The Taliban continue to get help from across the border
Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s interim president, must have thought he had a deal when his dictator-next-door promised to cooperate in ensuring peaceful elections in Afghanistan. While it was not explicit, the timing of the release and repatriation of hundreds of Pakistani Taliban from Afghan prisons suggests that it was part of that deal.
Inconveniently for Musharraf, British troops of the international security assistance force seized a Pakistani vehicle carrying AK-47s for the associates of the Jamiat-e-Ulema Pakistan, suggesting that the Taliban’s erstwhile sponsors continue to support their wards. Using jihadis to disrupt elections is an art that the ISI has already perfected, and Hamid Karzai is likely to get a taste of it next month, not least because of Musharraf’s ‘lightening’ resolve.