ISI Had Definite Links With LeT: Report

23 December 2008
The Times of India

London: Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) created Lashkar-e-Taiba and has definite links with the terror group which has been involved in attacks in Mumbai, The Times reported. 'ISI created Lashkar-e-Taiba which is no more under its control. These jihadis were there in Jammu and Kashmir and we supported them,' the report quoted an unnamed senior ISI official as saying. 'It's (LeT) a monster we created and now we can't get it back in the bottle,' the official told the daily commenting on ISI's links with Lashkar. The report was filed from Muridke in Pakistan, which is the headquarters of the now banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa. The ISI had forged ties with jihadist groups throughout the 1980s when the CIA used it to support the Mujahidin against the Soviet Army in Afghanistan and when it saw an opportunity in 1989 to weaken India by creating trouble in Jammu and Kashmir the militants of the outfit were infiltrated into India, the newspaper reported. General Asad Durrani, ISI chief from 1990-92, denied supporting LeT in his tenure, but admitted that Pakistan had an interest in supporting such groups. 'Given Kashmir's history, we can't be expected to remain uninterested,' he added. The ISI, the report said, officially severed links with LeT in 2002 after the group attacked Indian Parliament, but Indian and US intelligence believe that it maintained covert support, probably through ex-ISI officers.