Pakistan rejects WikiLeaks report
Pakistan on Monday rejected a WikiLeaks report that Islamabad has aided the Taliban in spreading the Islamist insurgency in Afghanistan as "unsubstantiated information."
Hussain Haqqani, Pakistani ambassador to Washington, said that the report ran "counter to current ground realities" and reflected "nothing more than single source comments and rumours."
"Leaking of unprocessed reports from the field is irresponsible," the state-run newswire APP quoted Haqqani as saying, DPA reported.
The online whistle-blower WikiLeaks on Sunday published a record of 92,000 secret documents on the Afghanistan war dating from 2004 to 2009, providing details, among other things, of Pakistan's support for the Taliban.
The documents revealed that US ally Pakistan would allow its spy service to collaborate with the Taliban and meet them in secret "to organize networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan."
Haqqani said that contrary to the report, the Pakistani military and intelligence services were following a clearly laid out strategy to fight and marginalize terrorists that are also targeting Pakistani civilians and officials.
"The United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan are strategic partners and are jointly endeavoring to defeat al-Qaeda and its Taliban allies militarily and politically," he added.
The secret US military records about the war in Afghanistan were leaked to the media by the WikiLeaks website, and published by the New York Times, British daily the Guardian and German weekly Der Spiegel.