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26/11 attacks were planned by "our people", says former ISI Chief

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 May 2016, 11:36 IST

26/11 attacks were planned by "our people" but it wasn't our operation, the then-ISI Chief General Shuja Pasha had admitted it shortly after the Mumbai attacks in 2008, says former Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani.

The revelation appears in MR Haqqani's upcoming book, India vs Pakistan: Why Can't We Just Be Friends?, where he recounts Gen. Pasha making this shocking admission during his Washington visit on December 24-25, 2008.

Mr Haqqani writes in his book that Pasha told him, "log hamaray thay, operation hamara nahi thha", when Gen. Pasha visited him at the ambassador's residence after his meeting with his CIA counterpart Gen. Michael Hayden.

According to The Hindu, Gen. Pasha had also told Gen. Hayden that "retired military officers and retired intelligence officer" had been involved in the planning of the attacks.

"The fact that we never pursued the case against the accused [officers] in the 26/11 case despite all the evidence that had been provided: not just by India, but by the U.S., by the American NSA including intercepts of conversations during the attacks, that pointed a finger at us, at the Pakistan government," The hindu quoted Mr. Haqqani.

According to Mr. Haqqani, the link was confirmed by the fact that Pakistan's government never prosecuted the accused and the Army's denial of any links with 26/11 was same as on other strikes "all the way from the 1980s to Dawood Ibrahim," reports The Hindu.Mr. Haqqani, in 2011, faced charges of treason in Pakistan after the military accused him of writing a "memo" to the U.S government on the Osama Bin Laden killing.

First published: 10 May 2016, 11:36 IST
 
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