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Rehman Malik asks India to be cautious about double agent Headley, not doubt Pak

June 16, 2011 - Astana (Kazakhstan)

Pakistan has asked India to be cautious about Pakistani-American citizen and "double agent" David Hedley, who is undergoing trial in the US for his links to terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

Headley has been termed as a "double agent" working for US agencies as well as Pakistani terror organisations and intelligence agencies.

Malik said this exclusively to Asian News International in an interview in Astana, Kazakhstan, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meet in the country.

Terming American citizen David Headley as a "double-agent", Malik said that detailed investigations should be carried out.

On May 23, American citizen David Headley's long-awaited testimony had tied Pakistan's intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate (ISI) to the November 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people.

He had admitted scouting targets for the Mumbai attacks by Pakistani militants, testified in a Chicago court that the plot was hatched with the cooperation of at least one Pakistani intelligence official and a navy frogman.

Headley's trial comes at a time of growing discord in the US about Pakistan's commitment to fight terrorism after the US discovered and killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a compound near Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.

Expressing grief over the Mumbai attacks in 2008 that killed over 166 people, Malik said that Pakistan had the same pain, same agony what the Indian friends, sisters and brothers had during the 26/11 Mumbai attack.

"As far as you know the Bombay (Mumbai) blast, trust me the entire Pakistani nation was totally not only grieved but we had the same pain, same agony what the Indian friends, sisters and brothers had. Now what is important is to take action; we have called this case as very fast track, now we are waiting for the information and response from India on our Judicial Commission. The moment it is done I tell you that it is going to be, in fact concluded very soon," said Malik.

He also added that terrorism is a blot on both nations and it is imperative for both nations to co-operate with each other.

"The pain of terrorism is same; blood is red, the families feel the same way. So therefore, we have to fight together against this menace of terrorism and also resolve our issues and let us see a free movement, good friendship, smile on the faces and there is no breach of border and we talk like friends. That is what is required," said Malik.

Headley travelled to India in March 2009, four months after 26/11, but US agencies did not alert or inform their Indian counterparts because it could have led to his arrest here. By Praful Kumar Singh


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