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Pak denies ISI's involvement in Kabul bombing

Strongly refuting reports that ISI helped plan the suicide bombing on Indian Embassy in Kabul, Pakistan says it was an attempt to "malign" the spy agency.

world Updated: Aug 01, 2008 22:27 IST

Strongly refuting reports that ISI helped plan the suicide bombing on Indian Embassy in Kabul, Pakistan on Friday said it was an attempt to "malign" the spy agency.

Reacting to a front-page report of the New York Times that the US intelligence agencies had concluded that members of the "powerful ISI" were involved in planning the attack in Kabul on July 7, Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman Mohammed Sadiq termed it as "total rubbish".

He said there was no evidence of the ISI's involvement in the attack and the issue was not raised by US officials with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani during his just- concluded visit to Washington.

"The foreign newspapers keep writing such things against the ISI and we reject these allegations," Sadiq was quoted as saying on the website of The News daily.

Military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas told reporters that The New York Times report was an "effort to malign the ISI". He added that no evidence had been provided to substantiate the allegations against the ISI.

"The ISI is a very disciplined organisation (that is) manned by military officials. It has played the most crucial role in the war on terror and apprehended members of al-Qaida, the Taliban and those linked to the attack on mainland America on 9/11," Abbas said.

The New York Times reported that US intelligence agencies reached the conclusion that the ISI helped plan the bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul on the basis of intercepted communications between Pakistani intelligence officers and militants who carried out the attack.