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US warns Pakistan of serious action

US President George W Bush warns Pakistan of “serious action” if one more attack in Afghanistan or elsewhere is traced back to it, reports Vijay Dutt.

world Updated: Aug 03, 2008 22:49 IST
Vijay Dutt

Blaming the ISI for “masterminding” the suicide attack on Indian embassy in Kabul, US President George W Bush has warned Pakistan of “serious action” if one more attack in Afghanistan or elsewhere is traced back to it.

Bush confronted Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani last week during his Washington visit with evidence of involvement by the ISI in the deadly July 7 attack on Indian embassy in Kabul which left nearly 60 people, including four Indians, dead, The Sunday Times reported.

Christina Lamb who is the most knowledgeable of western analysts of Pakistan’s internal affairs wrote: “Gillani on his first official US visit since being elected in February, was left in no doubt that the Bush administration had lost patience with the ISI’s alleged double game.

Bush warned that if one more attack in Afghanistan or elsewhere were traced back to Pakistan, he would have to take ‘serious action’.

Gillani also met Michael Hayden, director of the CIA, who confronted him with a dossier on ISI support for the Taliban.

An intercepted telephone conversation apparently revealed that ISI agents masterminded the operation. The United States also claimed to have arrested an ISI officer inside Afghanistan.