FW: Pakistani Intelligence Allegedly Ordered Attack on Indian Parliament
- 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
Pakistani Intelligence Allegedly Ordered Attack on
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
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
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
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