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Ijaz says ‘S Branch’ of ISI out of control, asks US to act

Washington: Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz at the centre of “memogate” controversy has alleged that ‘S Branch’ of Pakistan’s military-run ISI is so powerful that it can’t be controlled by anyone and wants the US to take the lead to leash it.
Saying that the branch along with CT (Counter-terrorism) section were critical wings of the ISI, Ijaz has alleged that the S Branch conspires intervention in other countries like Afghanistan.

The businessman was recently in news after he made a sensational disclosure that he submitted a memorandum to the then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, on behalf of the President Asif Ali Zardari, that was highly critical of the Pakistan Army and the ISI.

“It’s sort of the arm of the ISI that does everything from political interventions in other countries, for example, Afghanistan, which is what they’re doing through the Haqqani network and the Taliban right now,” Ijaz told Fareed Zakaria of the CNN in an interview. “They do a lot of political interventions in their own country. You know, there are many times when it has been reported in the past and authentically reported by the Pakistani press that S Branch was involved in manipulating elections and doing things of that nature inside Pakistan,” Ijaz said.
The US-based businessman, who asked Washington to take action, said S Branch “was an organ of the state that nobody can control, and it is essentially the organ of the state that the army and the intelligence wings are using to, shall we say, coordinate or obstruct what it is that the political side of the government, the civilian side of the governments, does in Pakistan.” “Section S of the ISI has been involved in very, very nefarious activities, and so since nobody was able to get their arms around that, US has to take lead on that.” PTI

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