Pak denies ISI involvement in Kabul embassy bombing

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New Delhi, Oct 14 (UNI) Pakistan today categorically denied ISI role in the July 7 terrorist attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul saying the reports were ''incorrect.'' ''No. No. Incorrect,'' Pakistan National Security Adviser (NSA) Mahmud Ali Durrani told reporters after his 20-minute meeting with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee here.

He was asked about reports about ISI involvement in the attack.

Ironically, Pakistan had at the 15th SAARC Summit at Colombo in Sri Lanka offered to conduct investigations into ISI involvement in the Kabul incident.

He said he had ''a very good meeting'' with the External Affars Minister.

''...things are going okay,'' he added.

Mr Durrani, who arrived here on Saturday evening on a five-day official visit, held talks here yesterday with India's NSA M K Narayanan.

The two discussed the embassy attack and ceasefire violations across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.

The External Affairs Ministry said the two National Security Advisors reviewed the status of bilateral relations against the backdrop of recent summit-level meetings between the leadership of both countries.

''The discussions which were held in very cordial atmosphere, covered all issues of mutual concern and interest, including the regional situation. The discussions were most productive,'' it said.

The two National Security Advisors affirmed the utility of a dialogue of this nature and regarded their discussions as providing an important channel of communication between the highest level in the two governments.

Mr Durrani also called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

He met Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and interacted with the National Security Council Secretariat and members of the National Security Advisory Board.

Mr Menon said yesterday that India would raise the issues of Kabul embassy bombing and ceasefire violations by Pakistan at the first ever meeting between the National Security Advisors (NSAs) of the two countries.

Mr Menon told reporters on the sidelines of a function here that all issues would be discussed with Pakistan NSA.

These include the Kabul embassy bombing, ceasefire violations and the situation on the border.

''...We will do that...We will discuss all isues.

Mr Durrani is an old friend...He has interest in India-Pakistan relations,'' the Foreign Secretary said when asked whether India would raise the issue of Kabul embassy bombing at the talks and give some evidence (of ISI involvement) to the Pakistani side.

Mr Durrani will leave for Lahore tomorrow.

Pakistan has recently suffered a spate of terrorist attacks, the latest being suicide attack yesterday in its northwest Orakzai region, in which more than 20 people died and 70 were injured.

A suicide attack on September 21 at Marriott Hotel in Islamabad had claimed more than 50 lives and injured over 150 people.

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