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Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Pakistan's ISI to India, Let's Take Tea Together

Everyone knows about the influence of the ISI, the intelligence wing of the Pakistani military which dominates and is involved with all aspects of life in Pakistan.

From shadowy agents who tap and follow foreign journalists and aliens, to colonels and brigadiers in civilian clothes who 'mind' official visitors, the ISI is all pervasive. I've encountered their personnel at different levels.

Now, they have come out and this report in the Hindu newspaper shows that they want to be acknowledged for their role in bilateral politics.

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: Days before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani met in Egypt, the head of the Inter-Services Intelligence floated a suggestion that India deal not just with Pakistan’s civilian government but also directly with its Army and intelligence agency.
Lt. Gen. Shuja Pasha made the out-of-the-box overture during a meeting earlier this month with the three Indian defence advisers representing the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force attached to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, The Hindu has learnt.

The Hindu has learnt that during the course of the extremely cordial meeting, Lt. Gen. Pasha came clean in stating that the ISI and the Pakistan Army were involved in framing Pakistan’s India policy, along with the Foreign Office. He made the oblique suggestion that India deal directly with these three institutions if it had a similar three-way mechanism.

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