- Feb 16, 2009
Indian commando unit to guard Pakistan mission: report
NEW DELHI: India has dispatched a special commando unit to Pakistan to protect its top diplomats at the Indian embassy there, a report said Tuesday.
The batch of 16 troopers are from the paramilitary Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is tasked with guarding key government offices and iconic monuments like the world famous monument, the Taj Mahal, according to AFP.
The unit ‘will perform security duties after assessing the situation there,’ CISF Director General N R Das was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India news agency.
New Delhi has blamed the siege on the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Both LeT and Pakistan have denied any involvement but Islamabad admitted last month for the first time that the strikes were partly planned on its soil.
A suicide attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul in July killed scores of people including two Indian diplomats and two Indian guards. India later blamed the attack on ‘elements’ in Pakistan.
Last year, New Delhi asked Islamabad to increase security for its top diplomat in Pakistan after an Indian intelligence assessment warned of a heightened threat to the official.