‘Bush grilled Gillani over Kabul embassy attack’

August 3rd, 2008 - 5:03 pm ICT by IANS  


London, Aug 3 (IANS) US President George W. Bush told a visiting Pakistani delegation headed by Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gillani the South Asian country will face “serious action” if any more terrorist attacks are traced back to it, a newspaper reported Sunday. In what Pakistani ministers described as a grilling, the American leader laughed when the delegation asked for more information of links between terror attacks and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), saying such information in the past had been used to help the “bad guys”.

Fifty-four people were killed in a suicide bombing on the Indian embassy in Kabul July seven.

Pakistani ministers told The Sunday Times they left Washington “reeling from what they described as a ‘grilling’ and shocked at the ‘trust deficit’ between Pakistan and its most important backer.”

A member of the Pakistani delegation was quoted saying: “They were very hot on the ISI. Very hot. When we asked them for information Bush laughed and said, ‘When we share information with your guys, the bad guys always run away’.”

The paper said the US has arrested an ISI officer inside Afghanistan.

Gillani, on his first official visit to the US since becoming prime minister, was told by Bush that if one more attack in Afganistan or elsewhere was traced to Pakistan, he would have to take “serious action,” said the report written by Pakistan specialist Christina Lamb.

It quoted Rehman Malik, Pakistan’s de facto interior minister, as denying any links but admitting that British ministers and intelligence officers had told him in a meeting in London that they too were convinced of ISI involvement in the Kabul embassy bombing.

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