BBC doc aims to reveal “Secret Pakistan”

UK pubcaster BBC2 will tonight premiere a documentary which it claims will reveal "startling evidence of the extent of Pakistan's support for the Taliban's war against British and American troops in Afghanistan."
October 26, 2011

UK pubcaster the BBC will tonight (October 26) premiere a documentary which it claims will reveal “startling evidence of the extent of Pakistan’s support for the Taliban’s war against British and American troops in Afghanistan.”

Secret Pakistan, a two-part BBC2 series from UK indie Quicksilver Media (Secret Iraq), will feature a number of middle-ranking Taliban commanders giving “detailed accounts” of how Pakistan – and in particular its security service the ISI – has helped “train, arm and supply Taliban forces that have been killing British soldiers.”

Among the quoted fighters, one active Taliban commander, who fights under the name Mullah Qaseem, says in the documentary: “For a fighter there are two important things – supplies and a place to hide. Pakistan plays a significant role. First they support us by providing a place to hide which is really important. Secondly they provide us with weapons.”

Pakistan has repeatedly denied the allegations, with General Athar Abbas, director general of the Inter Services Public Relations and official spokesman for the Pakistan Military, telling the BBC: “To say that these militant groups were being supported by the state with the organised camps in these areas… I think nothing could be further from the truth.”

The documentary could serve to further damage the already fractured relationship between America and Pakistan, which are technically allies in the war against the Taliban. Earlier this year American forces killed terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, during an operation which was kept hidden from Pakistan’s government.

The two-parter is produced and directed by Sam Collyns, and executive produced by Quicksilver Media’s Eamonn Matthews. The executive producer for the BBC is Fiona Campbell.

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