Pakistan’s ISI chief Faiz Hameed’s visit to Kabul at a time when Pakistan is internationally accused of aiding the Taliban in Afghanistan has sparked off controversies. Ex-Pentagon official Michael Rubin has stated that the visit, which was an ’emergency’ journey to talk about the evolving scenario in Afghanistan proves that the Taliban are merely an ISI puppet. Coinciding the visit, the Taliban delayed the announcement of their authorities. It is believed that ISI chief Faiz Hameed rushed to Kabul to dealer peace between Mullah Baradar and the Haqqani community. The picture of Faiz Hameed after reaching Kabul and his interplay with media have been shared on social media indicating that it was no secret visit.
“According to Afghan sources, Hameed rushed to Kabul after a clash between Baradar and Haqqani-supported groups in which Baradar sustained injuries. The Haqqani and many other Taliban factions simply do not accept Haibatullah as their leader,” Michael Rubin stated.
“The visits of the director-general of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) are usually kept under wraps but it wasn’t the case with his trip to Kabul,” Pakistan’s Tribune reported.
Who is ISI chief Faiz Hameed?
Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed is a three-star rating common within the Pakistan Army. In 2019, he was appointed because the director-general of Inter-Services Intelligence. Before Faiz Hameed, Lieutenant General Asim Muneer was the ISI chief. His appointment grabbed consideration as Muneer was changed inside eight months.
Faiz Hameed is from the Baloch Regiment and earlier than turning into the ISI chief was answerable for the interior safety wing on the ISI.
Faiz Hameed was reportedly accused by former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif of forcing politicians to be part of Imran Khan’s PTI earlier than Pakistan’s common elections in 2018.
Reports stated the ISI chief met high Afghan leaders and likewise some overseas envoys in Kabul. He is meeting and dealing with Pakistan’s ambassador Mansoor Ahmed Khan and his crew on problems with repatriation and transit via Pakistan and the border scenario, Geo News reported.
ISI chief to mediate?
Reports claimed that the visit is to mediate amongst numerous factions of the Taliban as they don’t seem to be having the ability to come to a consensus.
“We understand from Taliban sources that he is here to mediate the Taliban. They have not yet managed to form a government. We understand that’s because of all the different factions from different parts of the country. They can’t agree. And he is here to try and sort it out between them. In the end, they are politicians like anywhere in the world. Each of the factions wants their own ministry,” Channel 4’s Lindsey Hilsum, who interviewed Faiz Hameed in Kabul, stated.
Afghanistan’s TOLO News stories that Faiz Hameed met Hezb-e-Islami chief, former Afghanistan PM Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. The meeting targeted on how to kind a coalition authorities in Afghanistan, it stated.
What did Faiz Hameed say?
“We are working for peace and stability in Afghanistan. Don’t fear, every part can be okay,” the ISI chief stated to Channel 4.
Pakistani media stated that he was invited by the Taliban for dialogue on the formation of the federal government and Faiz Hameed was not the primary intelligence company chief to visit Kabul. The Tribune claimed that the CIA chief additionally visited Kabul however his visit was stored secret.
(With company inputs)