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India accuses Pakistani Spy Agency involvement in Mumbai attacks February 6, 2009

Posted by neoavatara in World Politics.
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In a significant increase in the rhetorical war between India and Pakistan,  Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon said the perpetrators “planned, trained and launched their attacks from Pakistan, and the organisers were and remain clients and creations of the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence).

This is the first time that India has directly accused the Pakistani government of involvement in the deadly November attacks.  India handed a dossier to the Pakistanis last month showing ‘links’ to government agents.  Pakistan has been slow to respond; it took them several months to admit that the lone surviving terrorist was in fact a Pakistani citizen.

Meanwhile, Pakistan continues to divert any blame.  Pakistan’s oldest English-language newspaper, Dawn, reported that investigators probing the Mumbai attacks for the government in Islamabad had uncovered evidence implicating a banned Bangladesh-based militant organisation, Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islmani (HuJI).  The report, based on unidentified sources, also mentioned the possibility that one of the gunmen was of Bangladeshi origin.  The probe “is likely to indicate that the Mumbai attack was the handiwork of an ‘international network of Muslim fundamentalists’ present in South Asia and spread all the way to Middle East,” Dawn said.

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