India accuses ISI for Kabul blast

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi, Oct 24 | Updated: Oct 25 2008, 06:06am hrs
Even as both India and Pakistan ended a special meeting of their joint terror mechanism on a positive note on Friday, India shared sensitive information with Pakistan that pointed to the ISIs alleged involvement in the July 7 bombing outside its embassy in Kabul.

A joint statement issued after the meeting of the special session of the joint anti-terror mechanism said, Information on issues of mutual concern including the bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul was exchanged.

The meeting was held in a positive, constructive and forward looking atmosphere, the statement added. Vivek Katju, special secretary in charge of political and international organisations in the external affairs ministry, held talks with the Pakistani delegation led by Aizaz Ahmad Choudhry, additional secretary in charge of South Asia, on a wide range of issues relating to terrorism.

The suicide attack outside Indias embassy in Kabul, which India underlined has put the composite dialogue under stress, dominated the discussions. India presented some evidence of the involvement of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in the July 7 bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul, said official sources

Indian officials also talked about the intelligence intercepts by the US agencies that too had pointed to the ISIs role in the attack. Though Pakistan denied charges of any connection with the Kabul bombing, it, however, reiterated its promise to continue an independent investigation into the incident that has cast a shadow over bilateral ties, sources added.

New Delhi also reminded its neighbour of its January 2004, pledge not to allow its territory to be used for terror activities against India and underlined that an atmosphere free from violence was necessary for carrying forward the composite dialogue process.

Both countries have held three meetings of the joint anti-terror mechanism, set up in 2006, to stem terrorist activities.