26/11 mayhem: Ex-FIA top sleuth says Mumbai terror attack planned, launched from Pakistan

Fire and smoke billow from Mumbai's Taj Hotel during the 26/11 terror attack.

Islamabad, Aug 5: Pakistan’s chief investigator of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack has said the mayhem was planned and launched from this country and that the operation was directed from an ops room in Karachi.

According to reports, Tariq Khosa, a top police officer who was made Director General of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) weeks after the 2008 Mumbai attack that left 166 people dead, has written a revealing article in Dawn newspaper giving graphic details of the plot and its investigation, thereby confirming what India has been saying for long.

Tariq Khosa, who has held top posts in the Pakistan government and Interpol besides initiating criminal investigation into former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination in 2007, wrote: “Pakistan has to deal with the Mumbai mayhem, planned and launched from its soil. This requires facing the truth and admitting mistakes.”

Laying down the facts of the Mumbai attack trial in the article, Khosa writes, “First, Ajmal 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.”

He further writes: “Second, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists were imparted training near Thatta, Sindh, and launched by sea from there. The training camp was identified and secured by the investigators.”

Khosa also pointed out that the casings of the explosive devices used in Mumbai were recovered from this training camp and duly matched.

“Third, 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,” he writes.

“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.

Khosa, who also talks about the money trail that was followed and linked to the accused who was arrested, demanded that Pakistan’s state security apparatus should ensure that the perpetrators and masterminds of the “ghastly terror attacks” are brought to justice.

Noting that the case has lingered on for far too long, Khosa said 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.

(With Agency Inputs)


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