Suspects in Mumbai terror attacks claim to work for Pakistani Intelligence

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    As detailed in the below links, suspects currently detained for planning and conducting recon for the 2008 Mumbai terror attack have implicated the Pakistani Inter-Service Intelligence Directorate (ISI). According to the testimony of Daood Gilani and Tahawwur Hussain Rana their actions ''were done at the behest of the Pakistani government and the ISI, not the Lashkar terrorist organization.'' Lashkar-e-Taiba, (LeT) has been blamed for the attack, which killed over 160 civilians and led to increased tensions between the Indian and Pakistani governments. Tensions between the two nations are generally high and these statements will undoubtedly worsen relations. Pakistan has been accused of failing to maintain pressure on extremist networks operating within its own borders and just demanded the expulsion of CIA operatives and Special Forces advisors from the country. The testimony of these suspects illustrates the possible threat of government institutions infiltrated by or supporting extremist initiatives. Particularly alarming for a nuclear armed nation so key to US efforts in the region.



    http://articles.timesofindia.indiat..._1_rana-and-headley-isi-tahawwur-hussain-rana
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news...s-to-pakistani-secret-service/article1981052/
    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article1691431.ece
     
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    26/11 Mumbai Terror Attacks: Headley Confesses Pakistan's ISI, Army’s Hand, Says Report
    Pakistani-American terrorist and 26/11 terror convict David Coleman Headley has reportedly confessed that the Mumbai attacks were launched with Lashkar-e-Taiba's Hafiz Saeed's approval and executed with the help of Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) and the Pakistan Army.


    According to a report by CNN-IBN, during an interrogation by NIA, Headley revealed that he was handled by Pakistan ISI's Major Iqbal and Sameer Ali and that LeT's Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi's handler was ISI Brigadier Rivaz.


    Headley also said that the attacks were executed with the help of ISI and the money was given by them for a recce, adding that "ISI chief Shuja Pasha visited Lakhvi after his arrest, post-26/11 terror attacks."
    Headley further divulged that he had also recced the residence of Vice President, India Gate and CBI office in the national capital.

    On December 10, the court pardoned Headley, who is undergoing a 35-year prison sentence in the US, and made him an approver in the Mumbai attacks case.
    Headley, accused of conducting a special reconnaissance of targets before the Mumbai terror attack, was sentenced to 35 years of imprisonment by the US court. He had entered into a plea bargaining agreement with the US government.

    The horrific Mumbai terrorist attacks on November 26, 2008 had killed as many as 166 persons.
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