July 15, 2010
A senior Indian official has accused Pakistani intelligence of orchestrating the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
G K Pillai, India’s home secretary, said on Wednesday that the perpetrators of the attacks in which 166 people died were “clients and creations” of the Inter-Services Intelligence [ISI] agency of the Pakistan army”.
“They [ISI] were literally controlling and co-ordinating it from the beginning until the end,” the Indian Express newspaper quoted Pillai as saying.
India has in the past blamed the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group for the Mumbai attacks and alleged ISI involved, which Pakistan denies, but Pillai’s comments were the most direct accusation India has made against the government agency.
Pillai said the evidence against the ISI emerged from the interrogation by Indian officials of David Headley, a US citizen, who pleaded guilty to working with Lashkar to plan the attacks.
The accusation comes on the eve of talks aimed at reviving a peace process between the two countries, which was broken off after the deadly assault.
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