Wary of US action, ISI hunts for Mullah Omar
Posted on: 08:22 PM IST May 10, 2011
New Delhi: The Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI), Pakistani's intelligence agency, is soon going to launch a massive operation to hunt down Taliban leader Mullah Omar. The agency, left red-faced after a team of US Navy SEALs killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the garrison town of Abbottabad, has decided to launch the operation before the US forces get him, Pakistani newspaper 'The Nation' reported.
With the US having already stated that its special forces would carry out more covert operations, the Pakistani establishment wants to make sure that it is not caught on the wrong side once more.
Omar is believed to be hiding in Quetta and is being protected by hundreds of heavily armed Taliban militia.
The one-eyed Taliban chief reportedly fled from southern Afghanistan to Pakistan after being cornered by US-led forces in january 2002. He reportedly escaped on a motorcycle from a village near Baghran in Helmand province along with some of his supporters.
Pakistani Air Force (PAF) has also activated its air defence radars on the western border with Afghanistan. PAF said that the radars had been activated as all foreign forces in Afghanistan are considered threats and the move is seen as Pakistan trying to thwart another covert operation by US special forces.
PAF Chief Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleiman, however, claimed that the radars were not jammed during the raid by US Navy SEALs operation in Abbottabad to kill al Qaeda chief and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin laden.
The Air Chief Marshal said that the radars had been turned off as no attack was anticipated from the western border.