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'Pak army chief knew about embassy plot'

US intelligence and security officials believe Pak's army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani might have been aware of the plot to bomb the Indian embassy in Kabul.

world Updated: Sep 13, 2008 01:45 IST
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Highest levels of Pakistan's security apparatus, including army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, might have been aware of the plot to bomb the Indian embassy in Kabul in July, US intelligence and security officials believe, said a report in The New York Times.

They also believe the attack was aided by the ISI. “It's difficult to imagine he (Kayani) was not aware,” a senior US official told NYT.

American intelligence agencies were quoted as saying that senior Pakistani national security officials favour the use of militant groups to preserve Pakistan’s influence in the region, as a hedge against India and Afghanistan.

In fact, some analysts believe ISI operatives did not mind when their role in the Kabul bombing became known, the paper added. There was no response to this in New Delhi.