Taliban have sufficient weapons, war capability: ex-Pak ISI chief
Islamabad, Oct 3, IRNA -- Former Chief of Pakistan Inter-Service Intelligence, Hameed Gul says lack of information about Afghanistan on the part of the United States will prove an important factor for its failure in that country.
According to NNI, he said in an interview that Afghanistan is a vast country about which they have no information.
To a question he said the intelligence agencies of Pakistan would also not be effective in this regard.
If they have such expectations, the Afghan people and government have already get alerted and the access of the Pakistani intelligence there will be certainly difficult. The Taliban army would raise a bulwark to prevent intelligence intrusions.
"It should be kept in mind that they will not have to fight against Taliban alone but against the entire Afghan nation.
"I witnessed the parade of Taliban on August 19 at which they demonstrated Scud missiles, Origan missiles, anticraft missiles capable of hitting high altitude planes. Then I assess that from 150 to 200 Stingers missiles are also in Afghanistan," Hameed Gul said.
"They also have tanks, APCs, BMT-1, BMT-2 and other effective weapons. Besides, as they are in a state of war and the entire Afghan nation has developed its war capability. I think the Afghan nation had very few resources at the time of the Russian invasion than they have today", the retired general observed.
Talking about the strength of the Taliban, he said that in fact the real strengthen of war, what is called the Taliban militia, will not be more than 50,000. But the Western media continuing the number of troops and not the spirit of the fighters. But when a man becomes ready even to sacrifice his life, and in the case of Afghanistan, the entire nation has become ready for that. Besides, people would also come for their support from other countries like Pakistan, he added.
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