US Accuses Retired ISI Officials in Mumbai Attack

by Jason Ditz, December 05, 2008

The United States has reportedly submitted a list of four former high-ranking officials in Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Agency to the United Nations to be added to the UN Security Council’s list of international terrorists. The move comes after claims that US intelligence agencies determined former ISI officials trained the Mumbai attackers.

Though neither the US or UN have yet revealed the names on the list, former ISI chief Lieutenant General Hamid Gul confirmed that he was included on the list. The retired General Gul was a backer of the anti-Soviet insurgency in Afghanistan, and openly backed separatist factions in India during his tenure at the ISI. He has also been an outspoken critic of America’s presence in the region, calling for the Muslim world to “stand united to confront the US in its so-called war against terror.”

The US was quick to point out that it had no “specific links” between the Mumbai attacks and the Pakistani government. Still, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has pressured Pakistan to take “responsibility” for dealing with the attackers.

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