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'ISI cleared of Mumbai involvement'
Quote:'ISI cleared of Mumbai involvement'
Thu, 18 Dec 2008 10:13:35 GMT
The FBI has cleared Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of any involvement in last month's terror attack on India's financial hub.
After interrogating the sole surviving gunman, The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) concluded that the ISI was cleared of any involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks on November 26, Pakistani daily The Dawn quoted diplomatic sources as saying on Thursday.
Pakistani Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab was among a group of 10 armed men who went on a shooting rampage in more than 10 sites, including two luxury hotels, in Mumbai.
Citing other sources, The Dawn said investigations had also revealed that the attackers had crossed the border from Pakistan, where the well-orchestrated plot was sketched by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
The ISI was accused of being involved in the Mumbai attacks due to its past associations with the LeT, which received CIA and ISI support to fight the soviet-backed government in Afghanistan.
The CIA had built extensive bases for the LeT in Pakistan and Afghanistan to train thousands of guerrilla fighters, according to Frontline magazine.
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has repeated asked India for concrete proof implicating the LeT in the attack, as tension between the two neighbors intensifies.
The nuclear-armed nations already have a history of three wars since independence from Britain in 1947.
Quote:New Indian 'FBI' to help combat terrorism
India's parliament has passed a new law creating a version of the American Federal Bureau of Investigation - a nationwide police force operating across state boundaries
The law is one a bunch of measures designed to quell public alarm after the Mumbai terrorist attacks that killed 170 people.
Civil rights campaigners in the subcontinent are furious that the parliament has also revived old r More..ules allowing police to hold suspects for up to 180 days without charge.
Indian broadcasters meanwhile agreed on a new set of rules regarding their coverage of breaking crises - following accusations that their coverage of the attacks inadvertently helped the Mumbai terrorists.
With Indians in equal measure worried about the chances of another attack and derisive of their government's handling of the Mumbai shootings, the ruling Congress party has reason to fear a coming election.
Already fighting a stiff challenge from the Right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress is keen to burnish its security credentials.
But some lawyers were already concerned about the proposals to let police hold suspects for almost half a year without charge.
They fear the new law is too similar to one repealed by Congress in 2004 and could allow police to persecute people for political reasons.
The new broadcasting guidelines ban footage that could reveal security operations and any live contact with hostages or attackers during hostage situations.
They also veto reporting that glamourises militants and discourage the screening of dead bodies.
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