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US backed ISI in delaying 26/11 info?

delhi Updated: Dec 03, 2010 10:53 IST

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In yet another shocking WikiLeaks revelations, the leaked cables show that the US backed ISI's request to make India delay the release of 26/11 information and the Chief of Pakistan Army told the US that they would respond to an attack by India in the aftermath.

Reports say that the cable from the embassy in Pakistan to secretary of state Hillary Clinton in January 2009 says, "premature dissemination" of this information could escalate tension between India and Pakistan.

It has also emerged that the US and Pakistan were in close contact over the response to the Mumbai attacks.

Post 26 /11, amid growing tension between India and Pakistan and mounting evidence that people in the Pakistani establishments were involved in the Mumbai terror attacks, Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, told the US that his army would respond to an Indian attack.

In a meeting with General David Petraeus, the ((US Central Command) CENTCOM Commander, in Islamabad on January 24, four days after Barack Obama took over the US presidency, Kayani claimed Pakistan is exercising restraint in the aftermath of the Mumbai terrorist attack, according to a US Embassy Cable from Islamabad, released by Wikileaks, a whistle blower website.

Pakistan's powerful Army had vetoed President Asif Ali Zardari's proposal to send ISI chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha to New Delhi that came on British insistence to calm down tensions with India following the Mumbai terror attack, a secret US cable made public by WikiLeaks shows.

The confidential document shows that the then British Foreign Secretary David Miliband had called Zardari, asking
him to send the ISI chief to India, to which the President readily agreed. He, however, was overruled by the Pakistani
Army led by General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani. (With PTI inputs)