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Pak Army rejects reports of Headley naming three officers

The military today dismissed as "fabricated" reports that Pakistani-American David Headley, who confessed to plotting Mumbai attacks, had named three army and ISI officials for their involvement in the 26/11 strikes, claiming that it was an attempt to malign security agencies.

world Updated: Mar 31, 2010 20:58 IST

The military today dismissed as "fabricated" reports that Pakistani-American David Headley, who confessed to plotting Mumbai attacks, had named three army and ISI officials for their involvement in the 26/11 strikes, claiming that it was an attempt to malign security agencies.

A spokesman for the Inter-Services Public Relations "strongly denied the contents of a news report which appeared
in a section of the national and international media, quoting unsubstantiated sources, that David Headley, a suspect in
the Mumbai attacks, has named three officers of the Pakistan Army and ISI about their direct involvement in the Mumbai
attack."

The spokesman described the allegations as "false and fabricated" and said they were aimed at maligning the Pakistan
army and the Inter-Services Intelligence.

"There is absolutely no linkage or connection, whatsoever, between the army (and the) ISI and David Headley.

The report appears to be part of an overall design with a malicious intent to bring disrepute to our national security
organisations," he said.

The media report had contended that Headley had named three serving and one retired officers of the Pakistan Army
and ISI who were allegedly involved in the Mumbai attacks.

49-year-old Headley recently pleaded guilty in a Chicago court to 12 terror charges, including a conspiracy to bomb
public places in India.

Pakistani authorities have arrested seven suspects, including Lashker-e-Taiba's operations commander Zakiur Rehman
Lakhvi, for involvement in the attacks.

They have also maintained that "non-state actors" were behind the attacks and that Pakistan's state institutions,
including the ISI, were not linked to the incident in any way.