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Sacked Pak NSA got ISI nod to reveal Kasab info: WikiLeaks+

Sacked Pak NSA got ISI nod to reveal Kasab info: WikiLeaks

Author: IANS
Publication: The Times of India
Date: September 18, 2011
URL: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-09-18/india/30171704_1_pak-nsa-shuja-pasha-ajmal-amir-kasab

Pakistan's sacked national security adviser Mahmood Durrani has claimed he had "written authority and had conferred with the ISI" chief before admitting to the media that 26/11 Mumbai terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab was a Pakistani, shows a US cable revealed by WikiLeaks.

Prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani axed Durrani January 7, 2009, and a day later he met US ambassador Anne Patterson. Durrani told Patterson that he had consulted with ISI chief general Shuja Pasha about announcing Kasab was Pakistani.

The ISI chief had been very specific that the government wanted to disseminate that information, reported Dawn. The cable points out Durrani saying he was one of the four people authorized, in writing, to make such statements on behalf of the government.

The Pakistan government, however, did not coordinate the release of the information with foreign secretary Salman Bashir, first denying it and then confirming it. The PM learnt about the statements when he was in Lahore and out of the loop, the cable says and Gilani decided to fire Durrani for not consulting him. The US envoy went on to say Gilani had received a memo authorizing Durrani to confirm Kasab's nationality, but he may not have seen it.

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