Our Friends the Pakistanis
by James Taranto
The Wall Street Journal
October 10, 2001
Yesterday we noted a report from a Pakistani newspaper that Lt. Gen. Mahmud Ahmad had been fired as head of Islamabad's Inter-Services Security agency after U.S. linked him to a militant allied with terrorists who hijacked an Indian Airlines plane in 1999. Now the Times of India says Ahmad is connected to the Sept. 11 attacks:
Top sources confirmed here on Tuesday, that the general lost his job because of the "evidence" India produced to show his links to one of the suicide bombers that wrecked the World Trade Centre. The US authorities sought his removal after confirming the fact that $100,000 were wired to WTC hijacker Mohammed Atta from Pakistan by Ahmad Umar Sheikh at the instance of General Mahumd.
Senior government sources have confirmed that India contributed significantly
to establishing the link between the money transfer and the role played by the
dismissed ISI chief. While they did not provide details, they said that Indian
inputs, including Sheikh's mobile phone number, helped the FBI in tracing and
establishing the link.
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