No force can make ISI chief to ap­pear be­fore US court: Gi­lani

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IS­LAM­ABAD: Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Yousuf Raza Gi­lani said on Thurs­day that no force could pres­surise the ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha to ap­pear in a US court to face a law­suit filed by relatives of vic­tims of Mum­bai attacks.

"The ISI (In­ter-Ser­vices In­tel­li­gence) is an ex­tremely im­por­tant (and) sen­si­tive in­sti­tu­tion of this coun­try. If they do not agree to go to the Amer­i­can court, then no one can send them," Gi­lani said.

His re­marks came as me­dia re­ports from New York said the plain­tiffs in two US law­suits ac­cus­ing Pak­istan's spy chief of nur­tur­ing ter­ror- ists in­volved in the 2008 Mum­bai attacks are hop­ing for a his­toric out­come re­call­ing the Locker­bie set­tle­ment.

The lawyers of the vic­tims said they hope to win a deal like the one struck with Libya over the 1988 bomb­ing of the Pan Am flight 103 over Locker­bie, Scot­land. The plain­tiffs in that case won a USD 1.5 bil­lion set­tle­ment.

The Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter was re­spond­ing to con­cerns expressed by law­mak­ers in the Na­tional Assem­bly or lower house of par­lia­ment about the law­suit filed by the fam­ily of two Jewish vic­tims of the Mum­bai in­ci­dent.

He de­scribed the coun­try's spy agency as an "ex­tremely im­por­tant" or­gan­i­sa­tion. Ear­lier, Leader of Op­po­si­tion Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan de­scribed the sum­mon­ing of the ISI chief by the Amer­i­can court as an at­tack on Pak­istan's hon­our.

He said the Prime Min­is­ter should send a Pak­istani of­fi­cial to the US court to reg­is­ter a protest and For­eign Of­fice should clar­ify its stand on the mat­ter.

The court in Brook­lyn has sum­moned cur­rent ISI chiefs Lt Gen Pasha and his pre­de­ces­sor Nadeem Taj and Lashker-e-Taiba lead­ers, in­clud­ing Hafiz Saeed, to ap­pear be­fore it next month in con­nec­tion with the suit filed by relatives of Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife, who were among the 166 peo­ple killed dur­ing the attacks.

The law­suit al­leges that the ISI "pro­vided crit­i­cal plan­ning, ma­te­rial sup­port, con­trol and co­or­di­na­tion for the attacks" to the Pak­istan-based LeT. In­dian of­fi­cials have blamed the LeT for car­ry­ing out the attacks and said el­e­ments of the ISI and Pak­istan Army played a role in plan­ning and fa­cil­i­tat­ing the as­sault. -PB News

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