The Controversy over Weapons Distribution

The Controversy over Weapons Distribution

By far the most controversial issue between the parties was the formula forweapons and supplies distribution. Muhammad Yusuf, the Pakistani officer incharge of distribution during the period of rapid supply increases from 1984,claims that decisions on supply were strictly made on the basis of efficiencyand combat use and that adjustments were frequent. The ISI also appliedmujahidin participation in training as a criterion for supplying the parties.How these criteria were factored in with the great variables of distance,communications and level of conflict obviously remains unclear. Partiesexercising close control over personnel readily available for training, as wasthe case with Hekmatyar's Hezb, were favored. Another advantage came fromintimate staff connections with the Pakistan army, which, again favoredHekmatyar. Logistics gave the Pushtun regions of southern and easternAfghanistan an advantage. As the war intensified and the scale of assistancemultiplied, resentments over perceived favoritism grew.

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