August 1, 2008

Pakistan Intelligence Agency Involved in India’s Kabul Embassy Attack – US Paper

Text of report by leading private Pakistani satellite TV channel Geo News website on 1 August

New York: American intelligence agencies say members of the ISI [Inter-Services Intelligence] helped plan the 7 July bombing of India's embassy in Afghanistan, according to a report published by a US daily.

The New York Times quotes unnamed American officials as saying the conclusion was based on intercepted communications between Pakistani intelligence officers and militants who carried out the attack.

The American officials also said there was new information showing that members of the Pakistani intelligence service were increasingly providing militants with details about the American campaign against them, in some cases allowing militants to avoid American missile strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas.

Concerns about the role played by Pakistani intelligence not only has strained relations between the United States and Pakistan, a long time ally, but also has fanned tensions between Pakistan and its archrival, India.

Some American officials have begun to suggest that Pakistan is no longer a fully reliable American partner and to advocate some unilateral American action against militants based in the tribal areas.

Originally published by sGeo TV website, Karachi, in English 01 Aug 08.

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