Pakistan Backpedals, Won't Send Intel Chief to India

Historic visit will be the first of an ISI chief in history.
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2008 4:49 PM CST
Supporters of Pakistan Labor Party hold a rally to condemn the terror attacks in Mumbai, in Lahore, Pakistan today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Pakistan made an abrupt about-face today and announced it would send an intelligence representative, not its intelligence chief, to India to aid in the investigation of the Mumbai terror attacks, the Hindustan Times reports. India had demanded that the ISI chief visit, and Pakistan agreed, but backtracked after a late-night meeting between the nation's president, prime minister, and army chief.

Opposition parties criticized the idea of sending Pakistan's top spy, and analysts in both countries doubted whether the nation's civilian government could order its powerful military to dispatch the ISI chief to India. An army spokesman said little about the plan, but called it "unfortunate" that Indian military officers were "making speculative comments without even making a preliminary investigation" about the terror attacks.