Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) is involved in the deadly terrorist strike on Mumbai, say news reports emanating from India in what could signal aÂ retaliatory military strike on the Islamic nation by India.
In a new story, the Times of India is reporting that:
India has proof that the Inter Services Intelligence was involved in planning the Mumbai terror attacks and training the terrorists who killed more than 180 people during a 60-hour siege of the country’s financial capital, sources said in New Delhi on Thursday.
The names of trainers and the places where meticulous training took place are also known to the government, the sources said.
The United States is believed to have even more evidence, some of which it has shared with India, they said.
Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, who was in Pakistan on Wednesday, is believed to have told his Pakistani interlocutors that Washington had enough evidence to show a Pakistani hand in the attack, the sources said.
It’s not clear to what extent ISI’s involvement in the Mumbai attacks is proven or if the Indian government and defense authorities are leaking information to the friendly domestic media merely to lay the PR groundwork for a military strike against Pakistan.
The New York Times yesterday reported that former members of the Pakistan military and the ISI may have been involved in training the terrorists who attacked Mumbai recently.
After the Mumbai attack, ISI director Ahmad Shuja Pasha was supposed to visit India to help in the investigation but the visitÂ was cancelled abruptly.
ISI has often been charged by Indian authorities of being actively involved in training militants engaging in attacks in Kashmir and elsewhere.