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India officially blames Pakistan intelligence outfit for Mumbai attacks

India officially blamed Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) — a clandestine spy agency with powers broad enough that it is believed to act as a shadow government in Islamabad — for planning and execution of the Nov. 26 terrorist attack on Mumbai, the Calcutta Telegraph reports.

The report reads:  

Speaking about the threat of terror in the neighbourhood, foreign secretary Shiv Shankar Menon said in Paris: “For India, the most graphic recent instances were the bombing of our embassy in Kabul on July 7, 2008, and the Mumbai attacks of Nov. 26, 2008. In each case, the perpetrators planned, trained and launched their attacks from Pakistan, and the organizers were and remain clients and creations of the ISI.”  

So far, India has blamed elements in Pakistan for the terror attack on Mumbai and hinted at ISI support for the terrorists but this is the first time it has named the Pakistan spy agency. However, it has blamed the ISI for the Kabul attacks in the past, too.

In fact, though, Menon's statement stopped short of blaming the ISI for planning the attacks. His careful syntax "clients and creations" leaves wiggle room for Pakistan to reassert its claim that the perpetrators no longer answer to instructions from Islamabad.