White House declines comment on Pak's involvement report
WASHINGTON - The White House Friday declined to comment on a newspaper report claiming that Pakistani intelligence agents were involved in the July 7 bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul, saying that the incident did not come up in Monday's meeting between President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.
"I saw that report," White House Spokesperson Dana Perino said of The New York Times dispatch, which said that the conclusion of the U.S. intelligence officials came from communications intercepted between the attackers and Pakistani intelligence officers.
"It would be inappropriate for me to talk about intelligence matters here, so I'd refer you to the intelligence community, if in fact they would like comment on it," she said in response to a question.
But she said that President Bush had a "good meeting" with the Pakistani leader during which they discussed joint efforts against terrorism. "They had a good meeting. They agreed that the war on terror was one that we needed to fight together because the enemy is going not just after Pakistanis, but the United States as well. And so our joint efforts need to be comprehensive."
She told reporters that the (U.S.)President and Prime Minister Gillani had an "extensive conversation about counterterrorism efforts."
"We continue to work with the Pakistanis to try to improve the situation," she added.