Pakistani spy head to help with Mumbai investigation

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan -- at India's request -- is sending its spy chief to Mumbai to probe the terrorist attacks that have claimed more than 140 lives.

A statement from the Pakistani government says its intelligence head will leave for India "at the earliest."

India has implied that the terrorists behind the attacks at 10 locations in Mumbai have links to Pakistan. That could worsen relations between two countries that have fought 3 times since 1947, and are now both nuclear-armed. And it could complicate American foreign policy in the region.

But India's request for Pakistan's spy chief, plus a series of Pakistani pledges of assistance and solidarity, suggest a crisis might be avoided.

It's still unclear if there's any Pakistani link to the attacks.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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