British and American Intelligence Have Concluded That Rogue Elements in Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Were Behind the June 7 Attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul That Killed 41 People and Injured 140

By Giraldi, Philip | The American Conservative, July 28, 2008 | Go to article overview

British and American Intelligence Have Concluded That Rogue Elements in Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Were Behind the June 7 Attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul That Killed 41 People and Injured 140


Giraldi, Philip, The American Conservative


British and American intelligence have concluded that rogue elements in Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence were behind the June 7 attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul that killed 41 people and injured 140. If that assessment is correct, it would confirm that at least some Pakistani officials are willing to use terrorist groups to wage a proxy war against India, something that New Delhi has been claiming for years. Afghanistan's government has repeatedly accused ISI of protecting and supporting the Taliban, culminating in Afghan President Hamid Karzai's recent threat to send his forces into Pakistani territory to root out the insurgents. Pakistani President Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said repeatedly that his country has no wish to destabilize Afghanistan, but he is clearly not in complete control of his own intelligence service. The role of the ISI in supporting the Taliban insurgency is a highly sensitive issue for both London and Washington because there are a number of trade-offs involved. The British and U.S. governments have both avoided directly accusing Pakistan of aiding insurgent groups. …

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