ISI playing evil, behind Kabul blast: NSA

July 13th, 2008 - 1:10 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) India has a “fair amount” of intelligence inputs about Pakistan’s involvement in the July 7 suicide attack on its embassy in Kabul that killed four Indians and 54 Afghans, National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan said Saturday. “We not only suspect but we have a fair amount of intelligence (on the involvement of Pakistan),” Narayayan told the NDTV news channel.

“We have no doubt that the ISI is behind this. We are in the favor of the peace process, but the ISI is not in any way part of it,” he said.

“The ISI is playing evil. The ISI needs to be destroyed,” said Narayanan without mincing words.

“We made this point, whenever we have had a chance, to interlocutors across the world… There might have been some tactical restraint for some time, obviously that restraint is no longer present,” he stressed.

He, however, sought to emphasise that the peace process with Pakistan will continue. “The peace process is being initiated by the prime minister and is even predated. It went on and then there was a hiccup towards the end of 2006.

“Since 2007, it has not picked up. However, we have not slowed it down. We hope that the new administration (in Pakistan) will take it up again,” he said.

The suicide attack outside the Kabul mission was the first major attack on any Indian embassy abroad.

Nearly 80-100 kg RDX explosives were used in the suicide attack, India’s ambassador to Afghanistan Jayant Prasad told IANS.

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