Islamabad, Jan 7 (ANI): Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence chief Lieutenant-General Ahmed Shujaa Pasha has insisted that he was willing to travel to New Delhi to help in the investigation of the Mumbai terror attacks, and ruled out a war with India.
"We are distancing ourselves from conflict with India, both now and in general," Lt. General Pasha told German magazie Spiegel's reporter Susanne Koelbl.
If he had done so, Lt. General Pasha would have been the first Director General of the ISI to travel to India, a visit that would have caused a minor sensation, The Nation reports.
Instead, he stayed at home, yielding to the pressure of old antipathies. "Many people here are simply not ready," he said.
"At first we thought there would be a military reaction. The Indians, after the attacks, were deeply offended and furious, but they are also clever," he explained.
"There will not be a war," he says confidently.
Lt. General Pasha said that he too has 'questions'. So far, he said, the Indians have failed to provide evidence to support their claims that Pakistani groups sponsored by the ISI were behind the Mumbai attacks.
"They have given us nothing, no numbers, no connections, no names. This is regrettable." (ANI)