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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan yesterday admitted for the first time that last year’s Mumbai attacks were launched from its soil and partly hatched there. Interior Ministry adviser Rehman Malik told a news conference here that most of the suspects, including one described as the main operator, had been arrested. He said six suspects were in custody and two had been identified but were still at large.

But he reiterated that authorities needed more evidence from New Delhi to secure convictions.

India’s Foreign Ministry called Pakistan’s announcement “a positive development” and said it would consider Islamabad’s request for further information.

Malik said investigators had traced a boat engine used by the attackers to sail from Pakistan to India and busted two hide-outs of the suspects near Karachi. Other leads pointed to Europe and the United States, and Malik said Pakistan would ask the FBI for help.

“I want to assure the international community, I want to assure all those who have been victims of terrorism that we mean business,” Malik said, waving a copy of Pakistan’s initial findings at reporters.

Malik said criminal cases had been opened against eight suspects on charges of “abetting, conspiracy and facilitation” of a terrorist act. The six in custody included Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Zarrar Shah, both Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders named by India as the masterminds of the attack, and a person who sent an e-mail claiming responsibility for the attacks.

Tracing telephone calls and bank transfers had led to the capture of a key figure in the conspiracy, Hammad Amin Sadiq. “He was basically the main operator,” Malik said, adding that his interrogation led to the raid on the two hide-outs.

“They (terrorists) had some kind of training before they went into the ocean,” he said, saying they had sailed from Karachi. “Some of the accused who have been arrested, they have given us the full rundown.”

Malik said the breakthrough in the investigation resulted from tracing the fishing vessel “Al-Fauz” used by the militants, purchases of equipment like life jackets and the engine for the rubber dinghy in which the militants came ashore in Mumbai. Al-Fauz was later renamed “Mashaallah”. One of those arrested, identified as Javed Iqbal, was lured back to Pakistan from the Spanish city of Barcelona, Malik said. Investigators had also discovered that some funds transferred from Italy and Spain were used to finance the attack, and Austrian telephone SIM cards were used. The official spoke of a link, possibly an Internet domain, to Houston in the United States.

Malik said investigators had been unable to confirm the identities of the nine gunmen killed in the attack, though Pakistan has confirmed Mohammad Ajmal Qasab, the gunman caught alive, was a Pakistani.

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Azhar Masoodhttp://
Azhar Masood is Controller of News in PTV, and Chief Instructor of PTV Academy, working for Arab News. He has Covered Iraq War from Baghdad for CNN, BBC, FOX News, and Al-Jazeera and other regional channels. He covered conflict in Bosnia Herzegovina. He interviewed Yasir Arafat of Palestine, Paul Wolfoweit, Prime Minister Jean Ghteyan of Canada, Dr. Amar Musa of Egypt, Mr. Haris Slajic, Prime Minister of Bosnia Dr. Akbar Ali Vallayati, former Foreign Minister of Iran, President Kumaratunge of Sri Lanka, Mr. Kumar Su Bramanyem, Director of National Defence Institute of India, Mr. Hamid Karzai President of Afghanistan, Dr. Ahmad Chalabi of Iraq National Congress, Mr. Hoshyar Zubari, Vice President Kurdish Democratic Party of Iraq
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4 COMMENTS

  1. Don’t know when Pak indo stress will end, their relation was very excellent in last year, may be there are some person who don’t want to see us in high spirits and they are creating troubles in our way, if you look at history everything is going fine they start local buses, business, exchanging other business and even sports, and now …?? Just think what should be duty of one individual it does not matter its Pakistan or Indian; everyone wants peace and fantastic life, I will request to all give don’t make it big issue, think about the result, may be then we will find any good way
    Thanks

  2. as an indian i feel that india is unlucky to have a neighbour like pakistan and bangladesh but if this countries want to grow they can take lots of help from us to grow and benefit themself but who teach them they believe in something else and we believe in something else some where it has to change

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