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'ISI has given feedback to India'

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani disclosed on Friday that the ISI agency had given feedback on Indian evidence presented to it on the Mumbai attacks through the CIA to India.

world Updated: Jan 10, 2009 00:55 IST

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani disclosed on Friday that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency had given feedback on Indian evidence presented to it on the Mumbai attacks through the CIA to India.

He told reporters in Islamabad that the ISI “had given feedback and information sharing that has been passed on to India” after studying that evidence.

Gilani also dismissed talk that there was a rift between him and President Zardari. He said that President Zardari had sacked National Security Advisor Mehmud Durrani on his advice.

Earlier, addressing a seminar Gilani said the situation at Pakistan’s Eastern border had once again “turned fragile.”

Gilani also blamed India for rejecting Pakistani proposals for the formation of a joint commission to probe the Mumbai attacks.

The Pakistan PM commented that General (retd) Mehmud Durrani was sacked in the country’s best interest. “In the interest of country and for good governance, I have taken this action,” the Prime Minister told reporters.

Local media reported President Asif Ali Zardari was not informed of the decision, intensifying earlier media speculation of a split between the country's top two leaders.

Upon taking office Zardari promised to support reducing the president’s powers, but there has been little visible progress on that front. Zardari, who also heads the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, is believed to be stronger than Gilani, even though the prime minister is technically the chief executive of the government. A Zardari spokesman said that the two were “on the same page” and it was Gilani's prerogative to fire Durrani.

When asked whether Mahmud Durrani and Information Minister Sherry Rehman had been asked to leak the news regarding Ajmal Kasab’s nationality, Gilani said, “The President has been in the echelons of power for two to three months and knows the rules of business. He would not bypass me.”