Did Pakistani Intelligence Plan India Bombings?
That's the question asked by Ed at Captain's Quarters. The HindustanTimes reports that "[Indian] Intelligence agencies on Thursday confirmed that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was the “mastermind” of the blasts that killed about 200 people."
The same 'hallmarks of the ISI' that Indian intelligence notes about the attacks are also hallmarks of al-Qaeda, as Ed reminds. Let's not forget the tangled web of support and cooperation between the Pakistani ISI and bin Laden's al-Qaeda, from bin Laden's arrival during the Russian invasion of Afghanistan to present, which logically leads Ed to ask some hard to answer questions:
This could lead to a chicken-egg argument. Did the Mumbai attacks come from AQ or the ISI? Did the ISI teach these tactics to al-Qaeda -- or do they still assist AQ in operational planning of such attacks? Does Pervez Musharraf have control over his own intel service, or does the ISI have a rogue element that supports international Islamist terrorism?
If India comes to firmly believe the ISI direction in the Mumbai attacks, difficult times lie ahead not too far south of Kabul.