US to probe Afghan charge of ISI's role
The US will "investigate" Afghan President Hamid Karzai's allegation of involvement of Pakistan's ISI in the recent terrorist attack in his country, including the bombing of Indian embassy, President George W Bush has said.
"First of all, we'll investigate his charge and we'll work with his service...To get to the bottom of his allegation," Bush told reporters when asked in Washington about Karzai statement.
The US President's statement came days after US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said there was no evidence available of Pakistan's involvement in the attack on Indian embassy in Kabul last week that killed its Brigadier-rank defence attache, an IFS officer and 58 others.
Bush said extremists were coming out of parts of Pakistan into Afghanistan which "should be troubling to Pakistan" as it was to Washington.
"No question, however, that some extremists are coming out of parts of Pakistan into Afghanistan. And that's troubling to us, it's troubling Afghanistan, and it should be troubling to Pakistan.
"We share a common enemy; that would be extremists who use violence to either disrupt democracy or prevent democracy from taking hold. Al-Qaeda is -- they're there. We have hurt Al-Qaeda hard -- hit them hard and hurt them around the world, including in Pakistan," he added.
Bush said that the United States would jointly with Pakistan continue to apply pressure on Al Qaida.
"I certainly hope that the government understands the dangers of extremists moving in their country. I think they do," Bush said.
In a strongly worded statement on Monday, Karzai had said the attacks in Afghanistan were "carried out by the intelligence administration of Pakistan, its military intelligence institutions."
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