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Pak intelligence had elements with terror links, admits Malik

world Updated: Aug 05, 2009 00:34 IST

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has acknowledged that some elements in Pakistani intelligence agencies were sympathetic to terrorists and disclosed they had resigned or were arrested.

Some of these persons were officers of the rank of Major and had wanted to target Army Generals, Malik said while talking to a Pakistani TV channel.

There were some elements in intelligence agencies who had links with terrorists, including Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan
chief Baitullah Mehsud and commanders Qari Ilyas and Qari Hussain, he said, adding these elements also had links with banned groups.

Malik also said Pakistan-based outlawed groups Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed(JeM) have supported the Taliban and Al Qaida in destabilising the country.

Malik did not give details of the linkages between the two outfits and the Taliban and Al Qaida.

Pakistan recently acknowledged that the Mumbai terrorist attack was planned and executed by the LeT, which was banned in the country in 2002.

However, Malik recently ruled out arresting LeT founder and Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, saying there was no concrete evidence linking him to the Mumbai incident.

He said the South Waziristan tribal region had become a "hub of anti-state activities" and terrorists from several areas, including Hangu and Bajaur and Mohmand Agencies, were operating against the security forces.