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Pakistan Must Root Out MI6 Elements from the ISI, or Perish

Sept. 21, 2008 (EIRNS)—Bodies are still being pulled out from under the rubble that the Islamabad Marriott Hotel has become, following the truck-bomb attack by a suicide bomber on the evening of Sept. 20, when the faithful were breaking fast on the 16th day of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan. Already 60 deaths have been announced, including the death of the Czech Ambassador to Pakistan.

The massive attack in Pakistan's capital, labeled by the Lahore-based Daily Times as "Pakistan's 9/11," is laden with consequences and extreme danger. In order to understand why the Daily Times called it "Pakistan's 9/11," one must look at the huge security breach that allowed such a tragedy to occur. The Marriott Hotel is located approximately 200 yards away from the Parliament House, and about the same distance from the highest seat of Pakistan's judiciary, the Supreme Court. Because of its location, it was considered a "fortress" by the foreigners who have been targetted by the terrorists in Pakistan. Moreover, U.S. Marines routinely make overnight stops at the Marriott Hotel on their way to Afghanistan. In other words, it had long been a plum target of the terrorists.

Because of repeated terrorist incidents in Islamabad, and the dangerous situation that prevails across the River Indus in the western part of Pakistan, the capital "enjoyed" the security provided by Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The Sept. 20 incident makes clear that the Pakistani ISI, or at least a section of this outfit, is working hand-in-glove with British intelligence to weaken Islamabad, weaken the Pakistani Army, and break away the western part of Pakistan contiguous to Afghanistan. It is the same network that organized the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto last November.

For months, EIR has warned both Washington and Islamabad that unless the British-led policy in that area, implemented by a corrupt ISI, is brought to an end, the "victory in Afghanistan," that U.S. Admiral Mullen envisions, will be a pyrrhic victory. The entire region will be in flames, and the United States will find it difficult to locate even a single friend in that area.

"Support Pakistan in cleaning these British elements out of the ISI," Lyndon LaRouche said today. "Get these British elements out of there, before more people are killed!"