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PM to raise Indian embassy attack issue with Gilani

Manmohan Singh will raise the issue as also the recent ceasefire violations by Pak forces when he meets his Pak PM Yousuf Raza Gilani on the margins of the SAARC Summit.

world Updated: Aug 01, 2008 15:32 IST

Armed with the "cleanest" evidence about ISI's involvement in the Kabul embassy attack, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will raise the issue as also the recent ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces when he meets his counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday on the margins of the SAARC Summit in Colombo.

In his first meeting with Gilani, Singh is expected to convey New Delhi's concerns over the rising indulgence by ISI in anti-India activities regarding which some other countries also have voiced their worries, high-level Indian government sources accompanying Prime Minister Singh in New Delhi said.

India as well as Afghanistan have blamed the ISI for the July 7 suicide attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul which killed nearly 60 people, including four Indians.

The involvement of the ISI in the attack has been confirmed by the US as well as British intelligence agencies.

All intelligence agencies have intelligence inputs as well as intercepts about the ISI's involvement, the sources said.

This is a "cleanest" case and "that is why we went public about it even though Pakistan was unhappy over this," they said, adding this issue will be raised during the Singh-Gilani meeting.

The sources, however, sought to make a distinction between the "rogue" ISI and the Islamabad government, saying India will have to continue its engagement with Pakistan as it cannot choose its neighbours.