Indian Police: Pakistan’s Spy Agency Planned Train Bombings
Will this cause problems?
The police officer leading the investigation into train bombings that killed more than 200 people in the Indian city of Mumbai in July accused Pakistan’s spy agency on Saturday of masterminding the attack.
Tariq Azim, Pakistan’s minister of state for information, denied the claim, calling it “sad and unfortunate.”
“We reject this allegation, and demand that India should provide us any evidence, if they have,” Azim told The Associated Press.
Mumbai police Commissioner A.N. Roy said an intensive investigation that included using truth serum on suspects revealed that Pakistan’s top spy agency had “masterminded” the bombings.
Roy said Pakistan’s Directorate of Inter Services Intelligence, or ISI, began planning the attacks in March and later provided training to those who carried out the bombings in Bahawalpur, Pakistan.
“The terror plot was ISI sponsored and executed by Lashkar-e-Tayyaba operatives with help from the Students Islamic Movement of India,” Roy said at a news conference to announce the completion of the investigation.
The question is, of course, if it is true, or more importantly if India truly believes it to be true, what will India do? My guess: not much. At least, not much out in the open. India might use its own secret service on a larger scale to hurt Pakistan’s interests, but both countries are nuclear armed: this of course will mean that India and Pakistan, both, will not start a true war.
The Indian allegation came days after the BBC reported that a document prepared for Britain’s Defense Ministry accused ISI of indirectly supporting terrorist groups including al-Qaida.
Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf strongly rejected the documents, while Britain’s Ministry of Defense also clarified that the leaked document was academic research and did not represent the British government’s view.