Ahmed Shuja Pasha,Inter Service Intelligence (ISI)During Mumbai Attacks

Mumbai Attackers were Lashkar Taiba (LeT) Militants: Former ISI Chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: Former Pakistani Ambassador to United States Husain Haqqani In his new book revealed that soon after Mumbai attacks Ahmed Shuja Pasha, then chief of Pakistan’s ISI, admitted in front of him at his official residence that Mumbai attackers were Pakistanis. Former diplomats Husain Haqqani claim shows that the Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) was behind the Lashkar-e-Taiba which carried out the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai.

In his book titled India Vs Pakistan: Why Can’t We Just Be Friends? Haqqani, then Pakistan’s ambassador in Washington DC, recounts how the US summoned Ahmed Shuja Pasha, chief of Pakistan’s ISI, and CIA director Michael Hayden presented Pasha with evidence that the Mumbai attackers had come from across the border.

Husain Haqqani wrote the conversations between him and Ahmed Shuja Pasha, at his official residence in Washington, Ahmad Shuja Pasha said in Urdu: “Bandey hamare thy, operation hamara nahi tha (The people were ours, but the operation wasn’t).” Stunned, Haqqani responded: “Agar hamare log bhi hamare qaboo mein nahin toh agey kya hoga (If we have no control over our own people, what is our future)?”

 Michael Hayden, the Former  Director of CIA
Michael Hayden, the Former Director of CIA

Earlier in February 2016, Michael Hayden, the former CIA Director, In his latest book ‘Playing to the Edge’, wrote Soon after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack the then chief of Pakistan’s ISI Ahmed Shuja Pasha admitted that some of the  retired officers of Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) were engaged in training those involved in the heinous crime (Mumbai Attacks) but refused to take action against them. Michael Hayden, the former CIA Director, expressed his deep frustration of the “duplicity” of the Pakistani leadership when it came to taking action against terrorist groups.

Referring to the Mumbai terrorist attack, Mr. Hayden, who was the CIA chief till 2009, said it was very clear that there seemed to be so many Pakistani fingerprints on the atrocity. “I began routinely harassing my counterpart in Pakistan, now Ahmed Shuja Pasha [the former director general of Military Operations, the Pakistan army’s top operational post], on the phone, urging him to get to the bottom of the attack and to discuss it frankly with us,” he wrote.

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After the arrest of Ajmal Kasab, the Pakistani Militants of LeT who was captured alive during the 26/11 Mumbai Attacks, U.N. Security Council put the Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Hafiz Muhammad Saeed on the list of individuals and organizations having association with terrorism. Pakistani authorities arrested Hafiz Saeed and he was latter released on the orders of Lahore High Court.

In April 2012, the United States announced a bounty of US$10 million on Hafeez Saeed, for his role in 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. But Hafiz Muhmmad Saeed, the founder of Lashkar Taiba(LeT) and head of Jamat ud Dawa denied the allegations leveled by united states and India. Hafiz saeed the chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah insisted his group was a charity and not a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant outfit that reportedly carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks.


Pakistanis security agencies arrested Zaki u Rehman Lakhvi chief commnader of Lashkar Taiba(LeT), Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum accusing of abetment to murder, attempted murder, planning and executing the Mumbai attacks. And trial of Mumbai attacks is going on form last six years with out any result. Last year Zaki u Rehman Lakhvi chief commnader of Lashkar Taiba(LeT) was released on a bail while the other six suspects are in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail.

India blames Pakistan for delaying the trial of Mumbai attackers but case has adopted new dimension. Pakistani officials have warned that the trial, going on for six years, could face further delay if India does not send 24 Indian witnesses to Pakistan to record their statements. According to the prosecution, the trial court had completed recording the statements of all Pakistani witnesses in the case which has been underway in the country for more than six years. “Now the ball is in India’s court. The Indian government should send all Indian witnesses of the Mumbai case to Pakistan to record their statements so that the trial could further move ahead,” a prosecution lawyer had said.

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