NEW YORK: American intelligence agencies say members of the ISI helped plan the July 7 bombing of India’s embassy in Afghanistan, according to a report published by a U.S 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 longtime 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.
While Pakistan on Friday denied a newspaper report that its intelligence service helped plan a bombing of India’s embassy in Kabul that killed at least 41 people. The New York Times reported that American intelligence agencies have concluded that members of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence were involved in the July 7 attack in the Afghan capital.
Foreign Office spokesman Mohammed Sadiq described the report as “total rubbish.” Sadiq said there was no evidence of ISI involvement. “The foreign newspapers keep writing such things against ISI and we reject these allegations,” he said by telephone from a summit of South Asian leaders in Sri Lanka.-SANA