"They deluded themselves in believing that they were allies. Actually, they were not," says former Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt. General Asad Durrani, commenting on Pakistan's rocky relationship with the United States since they allied in the "War on Terror".
The least that I expect from an audience like this…is to give the Taliban and their supporters in Pakistan a big applause
In this episode of Head to Head, Mehdi Hasan challenges General Durrani on whether Pakistan is fighting or fuelling international terrorism.
We explore the nation's role as a US ally in the "War on Terror", and investigate claims that it has been backing the Afghan Taliban, whilst its offshoot, the Pakistani Taliban, wages a brutal insurgency at home.
Is Pakistan a rogue state? Or is it stuck between a rock and a hard place? And what role should the military play in a democratic Pakistan?
Joining this discussion are:
• Dr Farzana Shaikh, associate fellow at Chatham House and author of Making Sense of Pakistan
• Declan Walsh, Pakistan Bureau chief for the New York Times
• Shazadi Beg, a human rights barrister and Pakistan specialist
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