Pakistan prime minister denies ISI links in Kabul bombing

July 8th, 2008 - 11:20 pm ICT by IANS  

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Kuala Lumpur, July 8 (DPA) Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani Tuesday denied that the country’s intelligence service had any involvement in the suicide bombings in Kabul. Four Indians, including two diplomats and two security personnel, were among 44 killed Monday when a suicide bomber driving an explosives-laden car rammed into the Indian embassy gate in Kabul, the worst terror act in Afghanistan since the Taliban’s fall and the first attack on any Indian mission in the world.

Afghani officials alleged the attack could not have succeeded without the support of foreign intelligence agencies in the region, in a thinly veiled charge at Pakistan.

“Why should Pakistan destabilize Afghanistan? It is in our interest to have a stable Afghanistan,” Gillani said on the sidelines of a summit of developing Muslim nations (D8) in Malaysia’s capital.

“And we want stability in the region, as we are also a victim of terrorism and extremism because my own leader, Benazir Bhutto, was assassinated,” official Bernama news agency quoted Gillani as saying.

“She was hit by terrorism. Therefore, it is our firm resolve to fight terrorism and extremism,” he added.

World leaders condemned Monday’s attack which also left more than 140 people injured.

The UN Security Council called for international efforts to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and supporters of the attack to justice.

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