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How did the ISI become so powerful?

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Asked by anupama kumar, 09 Sep '09 07:30 pm
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Pakistans Inter-Services Intelligence, known as the ISI (or the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence) is the countrys largest intelligence service. It is a controversial, sometimes rogue organization that Benazir Bhutto, the late Pakistani prime minister, once termed a state within a state for its tendency to operate outside of the Pakistani governments control and at cross-purposes with American anti-terror policy in South Asia.

How did the ISI become so powerful?
Answer: The ISI became that state within a state only after 1979, largely thanks to billions of dollars in American and Saudi aid and armament covertly channeled exclusively through the ISI to the mujahedeen of Afghanistan to fight the Soviet occupation of that country in the 1980s.

Muhammad Zia ul-Haq, Pakistan's military dictator from 1977 to 1988, and the country's first Islamist leader, had positioned himself as the indispensable ally of American interests against Soviet expansion in South Asia--and the ISI ...more
Answered by jameel ahmed, 09 Sep '09 07:44 pm

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