Pakistan said Friday that it has sent “feedback” and information to India about the , and Joe Biden came here to underscore how seriously the incoming U.S. administration takes the terror threat from South Asia.
New Delhi recently said it gave Islamabad a dossier of evidence linking the Mumbai attacks to Pakistan, but it was unclear if Pakistan’s feedback related directly to that dossier.
By NAHAL TOOSI, Associated Press Writer
Gilani told reporters that the CIA had played an intermediary role and that Pakistan’s premier spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, had reviewed the information from India. He gave few other details.
“They have given some 52 pages of information to the CIA and in return our ISI has given feedback and information, that has been passed on to India,” Gilani said. “The American CIA and Pakistani ISI have an old working relationship in the past. If any information is required we are ready to cooperate.”
India says Pakistani militants were behind the November attacks that killed 164 people in its financial hub. It specifically blames the banned group intelligence agency. Pakistan acknowledged this week that of the 10 gunmen involved in the Mumbai attacks, the one survivor is a Pakistani citizen. It denies any of its state agencies were involved., which is believed to have links to the Pakistani
President-elect Barack Obama‘s incoming administration plans to increase the focus on the battle against al-Qaida and operating along the Pakistan-Afghan border. American officials worry that a conflict with India could distract Pakistan from eliminating militant sanctuaries along the Afghan frontier, and have urged India and Pakistan to cooperate.
Vice President-elect Biden was the latest in a string of envoys to visit Pakistan….
U.S. Vice President-elect Joe Biden assured Pakistani president Zardari Friday that the incoming Obama administration will continue to support Pakistan’s efforts to strengthen democracy and combat terrorism, according to Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Biden told Zardari the new U.S. administration would also help Pakistan “meet its socio-economic requirements and capacity building,” the ministry said in a written statement.
The vice president-elect “assured the Pakistani leadership” of the United States’ “continued assistance to Pakistan,” the statement said.