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FW: Pakistani Intelligence Allegedly Ordered Attack on Indian Parliament

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  • Tom LaRussa
    I don t buy this one myself. Sure, it s possible that some person or persons at ISI could be involved in these attacks -- every intelligence agency has its
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 17, 2001
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      I don't buy this one myself. Sure, it's possible
      that some person or persons at ISI could be
      involved in these attacks -- every intelligence
      agency has its bad eggs, after all -- but that is
      quite a different matter from saying that the ISI
      itself was involved as a matter of official
      policy!

      Tom


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      Pakistani Intelligence Allegedly Ordered Attack on
      Indian Parliament
      http://www.townhall.com/news/politics/200112/FOR20011217f.shtml



      New Dehli (CNSNews.com) - The investigation into
      the Dec. 13 suicide attack on the Indian
      Parliament reveals that the entire operation was
      guided by Pakistani intelligence, Delhi Police
      Chief Ajai Raj Sharma said Monday.

      Sharma's disclosure came three days after the
      attack in which seven security personnel were
      killed as well as five terrorists.

      Delhi police, who picked up four persons linked to
      the attack, including a lecturer with the Delhi
      University, said last week's attack was a joint
      operation planned by the Jaish-e-Mohammad and the
      Lashkar-e-Taiba groups, at the behest of the
      Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan (ISI).

      "The things which have come to notice clearly show
      that ISI was connected with this, and if ISI is
      connected with it, then Pakistan must know of it,"
      Sharma told reporters Sunday. [Tom's note: this
      is flawed logic. Assuming someone at ISI was
      involved, this does not mean it was an ISI
      operation, thus it does not mean that the
      Pakistani government knew anything about it.]

      Based on preliminary investigations and the method
      of attack, the Indian government has already
      blamed two terrorist organizations in Pakistan and
      urged the Islamabad government to take action
      against the two organizations.

      In its response, Pakistan rejected the Indian
      demands, arguing that no evidence has been
      provided to substantiate the charges. An official
      of the Pakistan Foreign Office said Islamabad has
      asked for "credible evidence" to support the
      Indian government's charges.

      The press secretary to the Pakistan President,
      Major General Rashid Quereshi accused India of
      "jumping to a hasty conclusion even without a
      preliminary inquiry."

      Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf has
      said his government was prepared to take action
      against any individual or group if concrete proof
      of involvement in the Parliament is produced.
      [Tom's Note: Uh-oh, now Musharraf is starting to
      sound like the Taliban! How much evidence does
      one need simply to start an investigation?]

      Sharma said the main suspect, now in police
      custody, has admitted he was trained at an ISI
      camp in Muzzafarabad in the Pakistan-controlled
      part of Kashmir.

      An official connected with the investigation said
      police had proof that the militants had maintained
      constant links with their masters in Pakistan and
      that the mobile phone numbers had been found.

      Also, the leader of the suicide squad that
      attacked Pakistan was one of the hijackers of the
      Indian Airlines flight from Kathmandu to Kandahar
      in 1999.

      According to one of the people arrested in the
      aftermath of last week's attacks, the terrorist
      who blew himself up near the main gate of
      Parliament was the same man who killed an Indian
      passenger aboard the hijacked plane, Rupin Katyal
      two years ago. This established direct links
      between the Jaish e-Mohammad and the Taliban,
      which supported the hijackers.

      Some of the terrorists released to end the
      hijacking drama later surfaced in Pakistan and
      even appeared on television. With such evidence
      mounting, there is added pressure on Indian Prime
      Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to launch
      retaliatory action against Pakistani terrorist
      camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

      Indian Home Minister Lal Krishna Advani said "the
      evidence collected by police while cracking the
      terrorist strike of December 13 is indeed
      clinching. Apart from this, on the basis of
      various other inputs, which we will pass on to the
      Pakistani establishment, we would expect the
      Pakistan government to take action against Lashkar
      and Jaish and ban their activities."

      Realizing that both India and Pakistan are moving
      dangerously close to a war, U.S. Secretary of
      State Colin Powell has asked India to desist from
      military action against terrorist camps across the
      border following the attack on Parliament. He
      cautioned that tension in India-Pakistan relations
      had the potential of becoming very dangerous.

      He told NBC television that India clearly had a
      legitimate right to self defense, "but I think we
      have to be very careful on this because, if in the
      exercise of the right of self-defense, states are
      going to be at each other, it might create a much
      more difficult situation which could spiral out of
      control."



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