Ex-U.S. official cites Pakistani training for India attackers
A former Defense Department official said Wednesday that American intelligence agencies had determined that former officers from Pakistan's Army and its Inter-Services Intelligence agency helped train the Mumbai attackers, reported the New York Times.
However, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no specific links had been uncovered yet between the attackers and the Pakistani government.
His disclosure came as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Indian leaders in New Delhi and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with Pakistani leaders in Islamabad. The meetings were part of a two-pronged effort to pressure Pakistan to fully cooperate in effort to find those responsible for the attacks in Mumbai last week.
Also on Wednesday a "fully functional" bomb was found and defused at a major Mumbai train station, Mumbai authorities said. The discovery raised questions about why authorities had failed to find the bombs earlier.
Tens of thousands of people marched Wednesday through Mumbai, mourning the deaths of at least 173 people and protesting the failures of Indian politicians and security services to protect citizens.
Rice said that Pakistan had a "special responsibility" to cooperate with India and help prevent future attacks. She also warned India against hasty reactions that would cause what she called "unintended consequences."
â€śThe response of the Pakistani government should be one of cooperation and of action,â€? she said at an evening news conference in New Delhi with Indian official Pranab Mukherjee. â€śAny response needs to be judged by its effectiveness in prevention and also by not creating other unintended consequences or difficulties.â€?
Mukherjee said his government was convinced that the attackers and their â€ścontrollersâ€? came from Pakistan. He said he had conveyed to Rice â€śthe feeling of anger and deep outrage in Indiaâ€? and said that his government was prepared to act â€świth all the means at our disposalâ€? to protect Indian territory and citizens.