US Implicates Pakistani Agents in Kabul Bomb Attack

by Kal El on August 2, 2008 · 0 comments

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Not very surprising here, seeing as how the Pakistani government has been playing teeball, while the Taliban and al Qaeda play baseball up in the mountains of Waziristan.

U.S. officials are accusing Pakistan’s primary intelligence service of helping to carry out last month’s bomb attack on India’s embassy in Afghanistan. U.S. newspapers reported that American intelligence agencies claim they have evidence linking Pakistani agents to the attackers. VOA’s Barry Newhouse reports from Islamabad.

Pakistan’s shadowy Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, or ISI, has been accused before of planning attacks in India and Afghanistan. But Friday’s news reports appear to be the first time that U.S. officials have publicly stated they have evidence of Pakistani involvement.

The New York Times and the Washington Post newspapers report that U.S. officials say U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted communications between militants and what they say were Pakistani government agents about the July 7 bombing that killed 41 people at India’s embassy in Kabul.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Sadiq told VOA that no evidence has been provided to the Pakistani government.

“Nobody has given us any proof,” he said. “We have said if there is any proof of Pakistan’s involvement we would like to see the proof of that because merely alleging something means nothing.”

The ISI has had strong links to Afghan militant groups, particularly during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s. After the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Pakistani military officially turned against its Taliban allies in Afghanistan and supported the U.S.-led invasion.

But analysts say some Pakistani military officers and intelligence agents could harbor sympathies for their former allies.

Pakistani muslims having sympathy for fellow muslims?? What a shock!!! As for that evidence, once it is cleared for declassification and public release, it will be presented.

Read the rest in VOANews.

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