Islamabad | Former Chief of Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) Tariq Khosa has said the Mumbai mayhem was planned and launched from Pakistan’s soil and Ajmal Kasab along with other terrorists were trained by Pakistani security agencies.
The disclosure by Mr Khosa and the graphic details provided by him about the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack left Pakistani political and Army establishment stunned.
The revelation has come at a time when National Security Advisors of both the sides will be sitting across the table later this month in New Delhi to discuss ways and means to expedite the trial of the case as agreed between the Prime Ministers of the two countries during ice breaking meeting at Ufa recently.
In a candid admission, the ex-Director General of FIA said, Pakistan has to deal with the Mumbai mayhem, planned and launched from its soil. This requires facing the truth and admitting mistakes. The entire state security apparatus must ensure that the perpetrators and masterminds of the ghastly terror attacks are brought to justice.
Asking Pakistan to face the truth and admit mistakes, the former chief of FIA said in a published article that the entire state security apparatus must ensure that the perpetrators and masterminds of the ghastly terror attacks are brought to justice.
The case has lingered on for far too long. Dilatory tactics by the defendants, frequent change of trial judges, and assassination of the case prosecutor as well as retracting from original testimony by some key witnesses have been serious setbacks for the prosecutors, he added.
Mr Khosa gave a complete chronology of the attack right from the beginning of training of Kasab and other militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba and launching them from sea route to recovering of trawler used to ferry attackers to Mumbai port.
The following facts are pertinent. First, Kasab was a Pakistani national, whose place of residence and initial schooling as well as his joining a banned militant organisation was established by the investigators. Second, the LeT terrorists were imparted training near Thatta, Sindh and launched by sea from there.
The training camp was identified and secured by the investigators. The casings of the explosive devices used in Mumbai were recovered from this training camp and duly matched., the former chief of FIA wrote in the article posted at the website of ‘Dawn’.
The revelation made by him is sure to boost India’s case against Pakistan, which has all along been in denial mode on the issue.
Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz is scheduled to fly to New Delhi on August 23 to have the first NSA level talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval to discuss all issues connected to terrorism, as was said in a joint statement after talks between Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with his counterpart Narendra Modi at Ufa, on the sidelines of BRICS summit.
Both sides agreed to discuss ways and means to expedite the Mumbai case trial, including additional information like providing voice samples, declared the joint statement.
Removing all the ambiguities surrounding the attack the ex-FIA chief said the fishing trawler used by the terrorists for hijacking an Indian trawler in which they sailed to Mumbai, was brought back to harbour, then painted and concealed.
It was recovered by the investigators and connected to the accused. Fourth, the engine of the dinghy abandoned by the terrorists near Mumbai harbour contained a patent number through which the investigators traced its import from Japan to Lahore and then to a Karachi sports shop from where an LeT-linked militant purchased it along with the dinghy, he added.
On the money trail, Mr Khosa said it was duly followed and linked to the accused who was arrested. About ops room in Karachi, from where the operation was directed, was also identified and secured by the investigators.
The communications through Voice over Internet Protocol were unearthed. Sixth, the alleged commander and his deputies were identified and arrested. Seventh, a couple of foreign-based financiers and facilitators were arrested and brought to face trial, he said.
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