WASHINGTON — American intelligence agencies have concluded that members of Pakistan’s powerful spy service (ISI) helped plan the deadly July 7 bombing of India’s embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani of Pakistan visited Washington this week. The conclusion was based on intercepted communications between Pakistani intelligence officers and militants who carried out the attack, the officials said, providing the clearest evidence to date that Pakistani intelligence officers are actively undermining American efforts to combat militants in the region.
The American officials also said there was new information showing that members of the Pakistani intelligence service were increasingly providing militants with details about the American campaign against them, in some cases allowing militants to avoid American missile strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas.
Concerns about the role played by Pakistani intelligence not only has strained relations between the United States and Pakistan, a longtime ally, but also has fanned tensions between Pakistan and its archrival, India. Within days of the bombings, Indian officials accused the Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI, of helping to orchestrate the attack in Kabul, which killed 54, including an Indian defense attaché. A Bush administration official told The Associated Press on Wednesday that U.S. intelligence agencies suspect rogue elements in ISI of giving militants sensitive information that helps them launch more effective attacks from Pakistan's tribal regions bordering Afghanistan. The official said that top CIA and U.S. military officials, including CIA Deputy Director Steve R. Kappes, traveled to Pakistan five days after the Indian Embassy attack to press their misgivings about apparent ties between militants and some mid-level ISI officials, amid mounting evidence initially collected by the United States and then corroborated by Indian intelligence. A U.S. counter-terror official said some Pakistani intelligence officers' support for the Jalaluddin Haqqani network, associated with both the Taliban and Al Qaeda, is of particular and long-standing concern. Afghan leaders have long maintained the ISI is backing the Taliban-led insurgency, and Afghanistan's spy agency accused its Pakistani counterpart in a recent attempt to assassinate Afghan President Hamid Karzai
The link between ISI and Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan is Dawood Ibrahim who has orchestrated several terrorist attacks in India and elsewhere. Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, aka Dawood Ibrahim alias Sheikh Dawood Hassan, India's most wanted man, who heads D-Company, an organized crime group based in Mumbai India, though the Pakistani government denies it, the 52-year-old Ibrahim is in Pakistan. He has close links to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency and travels on passports from India, Yemen, Pakistan. The United States has designated underworld don Dawood Ibrahim as a global terrorist having links with Al Qaeda and financing activities of Laskhar-e-Tayiba and other terrorist organisations.
In the 1990s, Ibrahim travelled to Afghanistan under the protection of the Taliban, the U.S. said. Vindicating India's position that Pakistan has been sheltering Dawood Ibrahim, the Treasury Department said Ibrahim was in Karachi and possessed a Pakistan passport whose number was 0869537 under the individual category. "Indian officials say Dawood Ibrahim’s contacts in ISI include Major Khaliq and Major Akbar under whose patronage he had been staying in Karachi carrying a Pakistani passport with the name of Sheikh Dawood Hasan...
According to an IB dossier, the entire narcotic-terror link began with 1993 Mumbai serial blasts accused Tiger Memon and Dawood Ibrahim [Images]. The dossier states that the duo were not interested in treading the terror path, but it was the fear of losing business that forced them into this. Both Memon and Ibrahim was actively involved in the narcotics trade, until Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) gave them an ultimatum that their supply into Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Gulf nations would be stopped if they refused to supply arms and ammunition for terror outfits in Pakistan. Initially Dawood refused but after suffering losses he along with Memon towed the ISI line. The IB says that the ISI is active again and plans to take the fight against India to an entirely new level in the coming years. Hence the need to supply arms and ammunition to sleeper cells and other terror modules in the country.
According to the leading Indian Newspaper, The Times of India, Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is learnt to have taken don Dawood Ibrahim into custody, along with his trusted lieutenant Chhota Shakeel and the mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai blasts Tiger Memon. But the Pakistan authorities deny of any knowledge. ISI is stated to be providing a safe house to Dawood Ibrahim on the Pakistan/Afghanistan border keeping their source to the Taliban and al-Qaeda, Dawood Ibrahim, protected.
Bill Warner, Private Investigator