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Pakistan shared intelligence information with Israel regarding possible terrorist attacks against Jewish and Israeli sites in India, according to a leaked diplomatic cable published on Wednesday as part of the ongoing Wikileaks saga.
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According to the document dated October 7, 2009, Ahmad Shuja Pasha, head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency, told an American diplomat that he had conveyed intelligence on potential terror attacks in India to Israel.
He told former US Ambassador Anne Patterson that he had traveled to Oman
and Iran to investigate information he received from the US about
possible pending attacks in India.
"Pasha asked Ambassador to convey to Washington that he had followed up
on threat information that an attack would be launched against India
between September-November. He had been in direct touch with the
Israelis on possible threats against Israeli targets in India," the
A few weeks before the cable was written, the Israeli Counter-Terror
Bureau had issued a travel advisory warning of possible attacks against
Israeli sites in India. A year earlier, 166 people were killed in
multiple attacks in Mumbai, including an attack against the local Chabad
Israel and Pakistan do not share official diplomatic ties, although it
is not unusual for the two countries to share intelligence information
on sensitive issues such as global terrorism.
Israeli officials, such as Mossad chief Meir Dagan, were quoted in other
documents published by Wikileaks expressing grave concern about the
stability of the Pakistani government and the security surrounding
Islamabad’s nuclear arsenal.