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'Corruption in government helping ISI'

Sheela Bhatt in New Delhi | August 27, 2003 09:54 IST

According to a quick assessment by the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency, the Mumbai bomb blasts carry the signature of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence.

According to a senior intelligence officer, "Nobody can deny that it's a fundamentalist act. And many groups are interlinked in this operation. The blasts prove that the ISI has not changed its policy of 'bleeding India'. Al Qaeda is unlikely to be involved in the Mumbai blasts. Their targets remain America and Israel."

The officer added that the ISI has been able to operate freely in India because of the administrative system, which is 'not entirely honest'.

Importantly, he said there was no specific information warning about Monday's blasts. Many general inputs were filed, and there was a pointer a few days ago when the Bombay high court gave a verdict dealing sternly with the violent activities of the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India.

Asked about the intelligence failure to uncover in time the elaborate preparation that must have been done for the bombing, the officer argued, "These kind of bomb blasts cannot be stopped because terrorists are aiming at soft targets. Soft targets are difficult to protect. We have to live with it."

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Sub: 'Corruption in government helping ISI'

I think people of India should realize about this corruption. People should react in a single voice and they should boycott people, then we can ...

Posted by venkat

Sub: Destroying India

Dear editor, sometime we fathom from history, India was never existed as it is today, and only British forced her to unite. Their lashes and ...

Posted by Biri

Sub: whether corruption is only matter which helps ISI

It is fashion nowadays to allege for any default the corruption in the Government. What Sheela Bhatt has stated in her articles need more explanation ...


Sub: Corruption in system helping ISI

Fully agree with this report. Corrupt officials have no sincerity towards nation or the society. This is evident in many areas and above all those ...

Posted by Kabir

Sub: Not just Corruption more about digging our own graves

The cold/hot war dispute between India and Pakistan is what we live with. When both parties have a problem and you are not concretly sure ...

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