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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Pakistan ISI behind Mumbai attacks?

The Times of India reports that investigators in Mumbai have concluded that the terrorists responsible for the 7/11 bombings were produced by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence:
The [Indian] home secretary was assured that the ATS [anti-terrorism squad] had sufficient evidence to prove that the arrested persons were actually trained in Pakistan by ISI, said sources in the ministry.
Apparently, they have quite a bit of evidence:
The Mumbai cops are learnt to have told [home secretary] Duggal that the evidence was based on the accused persons’ movements, intercepts of their cell phone conversations, the proof of their participation in Lashkar-e-Taiba camps run by Azam Cheema, at the behest of ISI in Pakistan, receipt of funds via hawala transactions and detection of RDX at the residence of one of the accused.
Pakistan's President Musharraf called the finding "regrettable."

If ISI is behind the bombing, it is terrible for regional security. Relations between India and Pakistan have long been poor, to say the least. These nuclear-armed rivals have fought multiple wars and still dispute the fate of the Kashmir.

Note that The Times of India has been claiming for 5 years that the ISI was implicated in the 9/11 attacks on the US.

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