The Pakistani doctor who was sentenced to 33 years in jail after he was accused of being a CIA informant, has claimed that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency regards America as its "worst enemy" and that the incumbent government was cooperating with the U.S. only to extract billions in aid.
"They (ISI officers) said 'The Americans are our worst enemies, worse than the Indians,'" The Express Tribune quoted Dr Shakil Afridi, as saying.
Dr Afridi claimed that within the jail, the ISI maintained a regime of perpetual torture and brutal interrogation. He also claimed the ISI was helping fund the Al-Qaeda linked Haqqani network, the North Waziristan-based militant group that was designated a Foreign Terrorist Organisation by the U.S. last week.
Afridi said that before he was moved to Peshawar in May, 2012, he met Abdul Kayyum, the nephew of a Wazir tribe chief, who had been apprehended by the ISI for unclear reasons.
Kayyum allegedly told Dr Afridi that three years earlier, his uncle, Khan Marjakee, had allegedly been instructed by the ISI to raise funds from the tribal community for the Haqqanis, which Marjakee then did.
"Without doubt, the Haqqanis are 100 per cent supported by the ISI," Afridi was quoted, as saying.
He claimed that the ISI also manipulated inmates to stop them from talking to visiting U.S. officials, especially CIA officers. He said militants who were arrested, were routinely released, free to return to Afghanistan provided they avoided the Americans.
"It is now indisputable that militancy in Pakistan is supported by the ISI...Pakistan's fight against militancy is bogus. It's just to extract money from America," Dr Afridi said.
Dr Afridi, who had allegedly helped the CIA to inadvertently find Osama bin Laden, told Fox News that an ISI report which allegedly carried a confession about his role in the programme, was false and claimed he never admitted to such charges, even under the threat of torture.
"I was told stories about what to say as statements and forced to write statements. When I refused, the major said, 'When we give you pain, then you will write', he claimed. (ANI)