The highest-ranking official in the US Armed Forces and the President’s principal military advisor on Friday flagged concerns about Pakistan spy agency ISI’s links, New Delhi blames the Pak agency for planning and executing the 2008 Mumbai attacks and orchestrating terror against India.
Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, “There’s a lot about the ISI that our intelligence agencies and I don’t know about. I believe the strategic approach of the ISI needs to fundamentally change.”
He referred to Pakistan as “an extraordinarily complex country” of which the military and ISI were a big part.
Mullen, however, played down India’s concerns about Pentagon’s decision to transfer sophisticated military hardware to Pakistan for fighting terror. Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Friday met Mullen and explained India’s apprehensions about Islamabad shoring up its military capabilities against India in the guise of fighting terrorism.
Defending the military largesse to Pakistan, which has risen to $1.3 billion (Rs 6,500 crore) this year, Mullen said, “The weapon systems being supplied to Pakistan are being used against terrorists. We know that for a fact. I respect India’s concerns and encourage the leadership to continue putting these issues on the table.”