India faces Pak with evidence of ISI hand
At the Joint Anti-Terror Mechanism meeting in New Delhi, India provided Pakistan with information regarding involvement of ISI in the July 7 Kabul Embassy bombing.delhi Updated: Oct 25, 2008 01:25 IST
India on Friday confronted Pakistan with evidence regarding involvement of ISI in the July 7 Kabul Embassy bombing, an incident that had threatened to derail the peace process between the two countries.
At the Joint Anti-Terror Mechanism (JATM) meeting in New Delhi, New Delhi also provided Islamabad with information regarding a number of terrorists and criminals hiding in Pakistan as it pressed for concrete cooperation in fighting the menace of terrorism emanating from the neighbouring country.
The Indian side also sought to know what action Pakistan has taken on the information provided about the elements behind the February 2007 blast on cross-border Samjhauta Express.
"Information on issues of mutual concern, including the bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul, was exchanged," said a joint press statement issued after the special meeting of the JATM.
The Indian side was led by Vivek Katju, Special Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs while the Pakistani delegation was headed by Aizaz Ahmed Choudhry, Additional Secretary in Foreign Ministry.
During the day-long meeting, the Indian side provided communication intercepts and other information to prove that ISI and other elements based in Pakistan were involved in the massive attack at the embassy, sources said.
India has said it has the "cleanest" evidence about involvement of ISI in the suicide attack on the embassy in which a Brigadier-rank Defence Attache and a senior IFS officer were among the four Indians killed.
Besides India, Afghanistan and the US have also asserted that there was clinching evidence to prove ISI linkage.